Google refreshes Gmail for Android, adding card-style conversation view

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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is rolling out an overhauled version of its Gmail application for Android, highlighted by a retooled conversation view that adopts the virtual index card-style user interface first introduced via the company's Google Now personal assistant service.

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Google introduced a new, card-style conversation view for its Android Gmail app.

Gmail for Android is leveraging the card UI to deliver "a new, cleaner design," according to a Google+ post. "The update also includes a number of additional design tweaks such as checkmarks for multiple message selection so you can easily see what messages you are about to move, archive or delete."

In addition, Gmail for Android now alerts users if the account sync option is turned off, guaranteeing they won't accidentally miss any messages.

The retooled Gmail for Android follows days after the Gmail service experienced extended delivery delays related to a dual network failure. "This is a very rare event in which two separate, redundant network paths both stop working at the same time," explained Sabrina Farmer, Google's senior site reliability engineering manager for Gmail. "The two network failures were unrelated, but in combination they reduced Gmail's capacity to deliver messages to users, and beginning at 5:54 a.m. PST messages started piling up."

Most Gmail messages were unaffected, Farmer said: Seventy-one percent of messages had no delay, and among the remaining 29 percent, the average delivery delay was 2.6 seconds. About 1.5 percent of messages were delayed more than two hours.

For more:
- read this Google+ post
- read this Google Official Enterprise Blog post

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