Gmail for Android has been updated with a helpful new feature. Instead of downloading attachments to the phone, users now have the option to transfer files from email directly to Google Drive. Other improvements include explanations for why emails are being sent to the spam folder; right-to-left text support for Arabic, Hebrew and Persian; swiping in from the left edge for access to accounts and labels.
Attachments prove a problem on mobile devices as these have limited storage space. And most files end up being shifted away to some sort of cloud storage in the end anyway. Saving attachments to Google Drive has existed as a feature of Gmail for desktop since last year and it was only a matter of time for this feature to arrive on Android.
This integration between Gmail and Google Drive comes as Google Docs for Android moves offline and turned into an app. It may be that the internet giant is preparing to rearrange how its many services interact with one another.