Android Gmail will get enhanced gesture functions, leaked video reveals

Among the new features in the next version of Gmail for Android will be pinch-to-zoom and deletion by swiping items away, according to a report Friday.

The report by Lon Amadeo at the Android Police website includes a video of the yet-to-be-released Gmail app captured on Amadeo's Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The video shows the new swipe gesture for deleting and archiving items, as well as the pinch-to-zoom feature.

The swipe feature is configurable, according to Amadeo. You can disable the gesture by choosing the "no effect" option or trash items by choosing "always delete." If the "archive or delete" option is chosen, swiped messages in your inbox will be archived, while those in "all mail" and "sent" will be deleted. When in label-only view, swiping will remove the label on a message.

The next Nexus may be modeled on the LG Optimum.

Suspected phishing messages can be directly reported to Google from inside the new Gmail app, Amadeo writes.

Although he has the APK for the new mail app, Amadeo said he doesn't have the permission yet to share it with other Android enthusiasts.

A new model smartphone in Google's Nexus line made by LG is expected to be introduced at the end of October. The new version of Gmail could be connected to that event.

Phones in the Nexus line need to meet certain minimum criteria such as running a version of Android approved by Google, the processor muscle to run all "Nexus Games" and support of Google Wallet, which uses Near Field Communications (NFC) to perform financial transactions.

According to reports, the LG Nexus phone, which is expected to be called the Nexus 4, will run Android 4.2, support wireless charging, have 2GB of RAM, have a 1280-by-768 True-HD IPS display, and include an 8-megapixel camera.

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