Gmail for Android is getting a couple of nice new interface touches with the update to version 5.2. It adds a revamped contacts card that displays recent conversations, Google+ posts, and other details about whomever you’re corresponding with.
When you tap the avatar of a message sender, a card appears that categorizes details like how to reach them, past conversations, any notes you’ve made about them, and social links.
Another improvement is to the setup process for adding IMAP or Microsoft Exchange accounts to the Gmail app. The page where you add in your account details has a Material Design refresh. Google says that using additional accounts should also be more reliable.
An APK teardown by Android Police found some more gems hidden in the code that may make it into a future update. One is for a vacation responder, which you can use to set up an auto-reply for anyone who emails you during a specified time period.
The other is Gmail’s unsubscribe feature, which lets you opt out of marketing messages with one click. For now, both of those features are only available on the desktop.
Why this matters: The additional details are nice to have so you’re up to date on what your contacts are up to. The improvements to Exchange and IMAP support are a big deal for Google, however, as it wants to convince you to use Gmail as your all-in-one solution for your various accounts.