Google had just issued an update to its Gmail application for Android, introducing a whole host of new features that I think the majority of Gmail users have been long crying out for. In addition to custom notifications based on specific labels, version 2.3.5 has a clever new feature that allows you to sync only your priority mail to save bandwidth and preserve your battery life.

The update is available now in the Android Market, but before you rush off to grab the download, here's our breakdown of its best new features:

  • Save bandwidth and battery by only syncing priority mail: This feature allows you to choose which mail you'd like to sync based on your labels. This means that when you want to preserve your battery life or you are concerned about your data limit, you can choose to ignore your unimportant email when you're out and about.
  • Use label notifications to mash up filters, labels, and ringtones: For those labels that you do choose to sync, you can now assign custom notification sounds to each one. That means that notification you hear when you receive an email from your boss can be different to the notification you hear when you receive an email from your grandma.
  • Remember 'Show Pictures' for senders: Just like Gmail on your desktop, you can now tell your device to always show images from certain senders, meaning you no longer have to enable this option for each and every email.

In addition to these features, the update allows you to turn off sticky message actions in landscape or all orientations, provides better TalkBack support for accessibility, and makes performance improvements that should increase stability.

That's a pretty impressive list of features, and it kind of makes the Mail application in iOS look a bit lackluster.

Have you downloaded Gmail 2.3.5 yet? What do you think of its new features?

[via Engadget]