Google is testing some great features in an upcoming version of the Gmail Android app, that make email handling much easier, especially for those with huge inboxes.
The Gmail app for Android will soon add a number of categories like Travel, Purchases, and Finance to automatically classify your mail, in addition to the current Social, Promotions, Forums, and Updates. These categories are already available in Gmail’s web interface, and will be available in a future version of the app in the side menu.
Another new feature being tested is the concept of “pinned” emails. You’ll have an option to pin emails from your inbox, after which they’ll float at the top. This will be a much better way to mark emails as important than starring them. There’s also a toggle to show or hide pinned emails at the top of the list.
There’s another nifty feature that lets you snooze an email, as described by Geek.com:
Snoozing an email means it appears as read until the timer goes off, when it will then float to the top of your Inbox as an unread email. You can choose to snooze an email for a couple of hours or several weeks depending on your need, and you can snooze messages over and over again if you choose to.
Geek.com notes that the features are still in testing, and are not finalised, so they may be axed in the public release. And while the screenshots are of the Android app, we do hope that Google plans to give the Gmail iOS app the same treatment, and bring these killer features to the iPhone and iPad as well. With the recent addition of Background refresh, Google has already made Gmail a viable alternative to the stock Mail app, and other third-party Mail clients.