Google officially introduced Android Lollipop last week with a new Nexus phone and tablet, but it may still be keeping a few surprises up its sleeve. A video found by Android Police shows a feature in the new Gmail app for Android that you likely didn’t see coming: Support for non-Google mail accounts.
While the video highlights the new Gmail app design, the last part of it shows that Gmail will work with [company]Microsoft[/company] Outlook and [company]Yahoo[/company] Mail accounts as well as “more,” which could mean any IMAP-based email account:
Since this version of the [company]Google[/company] Gmail app hasn’t launched yet, I can’t tell if it will support a unified inbox, which would combine all of the email accounts into a single view. Still, just working with the non-Google mail accounts would be a step forward, since Android has always relied on a second, separate app called Email for such accounts. Putting them all together in a single app would let users switch between mail accounts a bit more quickly.
And while this Gmail refresh would correspond with the launch of Android Lollipop, don’t think you’ll need the latest version of Android to use it. Google has long offered its own apps for download in the Google Play store for both old and new Android phones.