My excitement over the new Gmail for Android didn’t last long. Nor for the secondary mailboxes.
First the Android app: the removal of the bottom action bar is quite simply a disaster. Not only does it eliminate the possibility of one handed use, it also relegates important Gmail actions like Archive and Labels to the overflow menu.
The segregated mailboxes seemed like a great idea, but in practice didn’t work very well. You only get notifications for your primary inbox (which I guess could be a plus), so I often thought I had a lost less new mail than I actually did. I also use a lot email lists for group discussions, and these threads kept getting categorised as forum updates. I know that this can be corrected manually, but I can’t be bothered to make the effort. In the end, I turned off the secondary mailboxes after a few days.
At least the secondary inboxes are optional. If only there was a menu option for the bottom action bar.
On the plus side, I’m really liking the Android app drawer more and more. It’s a great navigational tool, allowing for fast access to different levels of an app’s hierarchy, and between different accounts.
Google have been getting lots of praise for their recent apps, this feel like a misstep.