Google's Inbox by Gmail app, which has lately been missing from the latest app update news, will soon be bringing new features and more Material Design-themed icons as tipped in an update to version 1.3 rolling out to some regions already.
While the update is not yet available globally, the Google-signed apk file has been procured by AndroidPolice, and the company has detailed the new features, customisation options and Launcher Shortcuts. The first thing users will notice after installing the file is the navigation drawer, which now matches Google recommendations. Design changes also come in the form of slightly tweaked icons for 'Reminders' 'Done' and 'Settings', which now match more closely with Google's Material Design mantra.
Besides the minor design changes, the new Inbox by Gmail v1.3 app also comes with extra features like the ability to change the notification sound. Users can also set different sounds for different accounts in Inbox. It is worth noting that previously the users would only have the option to turn off and turn on the notification sounds. Users can simply navigate through Settings > Account > Sound.
While the above-mentioned changes were visible right away, Android Police's teardown of the apk file has hinted at more upcoming features for Inbox by Gmail. One of the important features hinted is the creation of shortcuts and widgets on the handset home screen. Two shortcuts that are said to be in the works are Compose Message and Create New Reminder.
Furthermore, the strings and codes of the Inbox by Gmail apk suggest that the firm might also let users create custom presets and change options for the Snooze feature. This has been hinted by a XML fine named btsnoozepreset_preferences under the latest apk file. The folder is empty for now however, the name points that it will be one of the main options under which users would find all the customisation features for the Snooze function.
It is not yet clear as to how many of the aforementioned features will reach to users as a part of the next update. One can wait for the traditional OTA update from Google or can manually download and install the apk file provided by Android Police.