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Gmail for Android revamped with new features

Google on Monday launched a new version of its Gmail app for Android that should help users reply, archive, and search for messages even faster.

Those using the new Gmail app on a device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above will now be able to reply to and archive messages directly from notifications with a single tap, Google software engineer Andy Huang wrote in a blog post Monday. This functionality can be combined with other notification features like the ability to customise which messages you receive notifications for and which sounds correspond with individual labels.

"So if you filter and label all the messages from your mom, you could set a ringtone to let you know you received a new mail from her and then quickly reply (because we know what can happen when you ignore your mother!)," Huang quipped.

Those not on the latest version of Android weren't entirely left out of the party. It also introduced faster search and better search suggestions on devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above. This should help you find messages quicker, even when you're offline.

Finally, for devices running the older Android 2.2 Froyo and above, the update brings unspecified performance improvements. There's also a new Labels API for third-party app developers.

The latest version of Gmail for Android is available for download on Google Play.

The update comes after Google last week gave the Gmail mobile Web app a makeover to make it consistent with the recently rebooted Gmail for iPhone and iPad app. The new Web app design boasts a cleaner looking interface, as well as features such as improved search and integration with Google Calendar.