Google’s Gmail app for Android is more than just an app for viewing Gmail messages. You can also add Exchange, IMAP, or POP email accounts from other services… and starting today you can view messages from all of your email accounts in one place.

Google has updated the Gmail app with a unified inbox, among other things.

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Now you can add your Yahoo.com, Outlook.com, school, or work accounts and view messages from all of your accounts at once using the “All inboxes” view.

Among other things, this lets you use Gmail-style conversation views even with non-Gmail accounts.

Google is also updating the search feature with auto-complete improvements, adding more responsive animations, and showing larger previews of files that are attached to messages. You can also save attachments to your Google Drive account with a single tap.

The Gmail app for Android isn’t the only game in town. Microsoft recently launched an Outlook app for iOS and Android, allowing you to view Gmail, Outlook, and other accounts. And Google offers its own Gmail alternative, called Inbox.

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10 replies on “Gmail for Android adds unified inbox (view Outlook, Yahoo, and Gmail accounts together)”

  1. Does anyone know if when you add a POP, etc. account to Android Gmail, you are giving Google the same permission to scan your messages as with direct Gmail accounts?

    1. Not answering your question directly but the android gmail app connects directly to the IMAP/POP server and not via google servers. So presumably, it doesn’t share your password with the google servers. Don’t know whether it scans the messages localy on the phone though.

  2. This gets the NSA stamp of approval. It is so convenient for the spy section of the US Oligarch war machine.

  3. Yeah… I remember when my Lumia 900 had this as an OS level feature back in 2012.

    1. Why on earth would you want POP3 and IMAP at the OS level?
      Shame they didn’t concentrate on actually putting OS stuff that should be in the OS, in the OS.
      Perhaps then Windows Phone wouldn’t be on 2.7% global market share after four years.

      1. As far as my phone goes I don’t really care about the delivery technology behind the email, I just thought it’s cool that my phone natively could handle my email accounts from the various service providers out of the box, all in the same style UI (rather than different apps) and as previously mentioned in a unified inbox if I choose to set it up that way.

        I can’t respond to the “OS stuff” you think should be included since you didn’t actually give any specifics. Sorry!

        Wow yeah that market share looks bad. Do you subscribe directly to the IDC reports or do you just read the numbers from sites like this? Do you follow @IDCmobility on the Twitter?

        1. FWIW even before this new GMail app you could use just one app for all accounts. GMail is, and always was, accessible over IMAP and POP3.
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          You just couldn’t use the GMail Android app to access other POP3/IMAP accounts, that’s all.
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          There are plenty of e-mail apps on Android to choose from, by the way.

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