Google has just released a new update for its Inbox by Gmail app in the Google Play Store. The latest update bumps the app to version 1.41 for the android users. Inbox by Gmail 1.41 comes with two new features revealed in the APK teardown. The first one is a simple button to sort your messages, while the second one focuses on using a little computer intelligence to pick the best text from each message to show in previews.

Inbox by Gmail 1.41

APK Teardown

Before we proceed further with the update details and feature, it’s best to learn a little about the APK teardown. APK teardown is the process of going through app’s code by unpacking the APKs. While they offer decent information about the features and implementation about an app, they aren’t a concrete source for future release reference. Much like rumors, nothing is certain until it’s officially announced and released.

Disclaimer: The features discussed below are probably not live yet, or may only be live for a small percentage of users. You might or might not notice the new features in the latest update for Inbox by Gmail.

Sorting Feature

Just like we mentioned above, the first change in the latest release is pretty simple. It’s simply a button in the taskbar that can be used by users to sort their messages. There isn’t any info available on the sorting options, but we assume the sort by date and by sender name will be there.

from bt_inbox_actions.xml and bt_inbox_actions_accessibility.xml
<item android:icon=”@drawable/quantum_ic_sort_white_24″ android:id=”@id/sort”android:title=”” android:showAsAction=”always” />

Perfect Snippet Feature

The next one is an interesting one. It seems Google is implementing some sort of computer intelligence to pick the best words (perfect snippet) from an email to be used as a preview text. The evidence for this comes in the form of a toggle that will appear in account-specific settings at the bottom of the General heading with the title “Snippet.”

<string name=”bt_preferences_snippet_title”>Snippet</string>
<string name=”bt_preferences_disable_perfect_snippet”>disable_perfect_snippet</string>
<string name=”bt_preferences_disable_perfect_snippet_text”>Show beginning of message</string>
<string name=”bt_preferences_enable_perfect_snippet”>enable_perfect_snippet</string>
<string name=”bt_preferences_enable_perfect_snippet_text”>Show most important part of message</string>
<string name=”bt_preferences_perfect_snippet_change_warning”>This change will only apply to new messages.</string>
<string name=”bt_preferences_perfect_snippet_key”>perfectSnippetKey</string>

<string-array name=”bt_preferences_perfect_snippet_entries”>
<string-array name=”bt_preferences_perfect_snippet_values”>

from xml/bt_account_specific_preferences.xml
<ListPreference android:enabled=”true” android:entries=”@array/bt_preferences_perfect_snippet_entries” android:title=”@string/bt_preferences_snippet_title” android:selectable=”true” android:orderingFromXml=”true” android:key=”@string/bt_preferences_perfect_snippet_key” android:defaultValue=”@string/bt_preferences_enable_perfect_snippet” android:shouldDisableView=”false” android:entryValues=”@array/bt_preferences_perfect_snippet_values” />

The latest Inbox by Gmail 1.41.148227936 release is 16.99 MB in size and can be downloaded following the APKMirror source link mentioned below. It is applicable to all android devices running Android 4.1 and above.

Do let us know if you notice the new features in the latest Inbox update on your smartphones in the comments section below.

Source: APKMirror | Android Police


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