22 October, 2014

Google's redesigned Gmail app supports Yahoo and Outlook accounts

Google has been updating a number of its Android apps with its new material design recently, and it looks like Gmail will be the latest to get a visual overhaul shortly. Android Police has obtained early access to Gmail 5.0 for Android, and there’s a surprise addition of Yahoo and Outlook.com support inside the app. Gmail for Android has traditionally supported just Google’s own mail service, but it looks like the search giant wants to help Android users manage all of their mail from within its Gmail app.

A leaked video demonstrates the new Gmail app, and Google notes within it that more than just Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook.com accounts are supported. It appears that Exchange ActiveSync is supported, as in the Android mail client, which could spell the end of switching between mail clients on Android for most users. Yahoo and Outlook.com are a welcome addition for Android users, and it’s a move from Google that may also help keep phone makers bundling apps like Gmail with devices.

Google’s Gmail 5.0 for Android isn’t available just yet, but expect to see it arrive in the coming weeks alongside Android Lollipop. Most of the visual changes include updated iconography, tweaked buttons, rounded avatars, and an improved compose mail screen. There's no word on any potential updates to Google's Gmail app for iOS, but it's reasonable to assume similar changes will make their way over to the iPhone and iPad versions soon.