Gmail 5.0 for Android gets a new look, Exchange support

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The upcoming version of google’s Gmail app for Android features a new look and support for non-Gmail email accounts, Android Police reports.

The new look app features the material design that Google has developed for Android apps, and has a retooled navigation interface. The mailbox pane, for instance, lives in a restyled slide-out “drawer,” and the message viewer has a new, cleaner look. The app also has a brighter color scheme compared to the ubiquitous light gray of the older Gmail app.

Also new is support for Microsoft Exchange, as well as POP and IMAP email accounts (think Yahoo Mail, iCloud, email from your ISP), so you no longer have to use two different apps to check all your email. With version 5.0, Gmail for Android becomes a full-fledged general-purpose email client. 

Why this matters: Material Design is Google’s name for a new look and feel for its apps, and it’s a key new feature of Android 5.0 Lollipop. Gmail 5.0 is not the first app outside of Android 5.0 to get the new look: Version 5.0.13 of the Google Play app also features this new design.

Get it now

Google will push the updated app to users’ phones, but it may take a while before your phone gets it. If you want to get the updated app now, however, Android Police has provided links to mirrored versions of the APK that you can download and install onto your phone manually.

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