Google launched an update for Gmail today that allows users to reply to messages from the notification window without opening up the app.
Users can also archive and delete messages, but the features work only for users with Ice Cream Sandwich or more recent versions of the operating system.
Since launching Google Now as part of the Jelly Bean version of the OS, Google has sought to deliver more value and functionality notifications.
“You can combine this with existing notification features like the ability to customize which messages you receive notifications for and set up different sounds for individual labels. So if you filter and label all the messages from your mom, you could set a ringtone to let you know you received a new mail from her and then quickly reply (because we know what can happen when you ignore your mother!),” wrote software engineer Andy Huang on the company’s blog.
The update also promises faster search, even when the user is not online.