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Google ports its "chips" feature from Gmail for desktop to the Android app

Gmail on Android will see an important upgrade soon. (Source: Google)
Gmail on Android will see an important upgrade soon. (Source: Google)
Gmail has never had the ability to filter its searches on Android devices. Now, however, some users have noticed that is starting to change. The latest app update adds a considerably upgraded set of options to refine results in a more desktop-like experience. This may make the whole process much more streamlined and quicker in the near future.

The Gmail app for Android often bears a prominent search bar along the top of its UI; nevertheless, the user has never been able to do much with it besides search according to terms. This may result in a messy, elongated list of results from all kinds of users on all kinds of topics. However, Google has announced that a solution to this situationit is ready for release.

Sometimes known as "chips", it consists of a "rich" series of drop-down menus contained in pill shapes that allow the user to narrow the search down considerably. They have been available on Gmail for PCs for some time, and are now coming to mobile in the form of an update to its Android app.

These elements allow a user to filter results based on a number of variables, from date, sender, or attachment type. Google has stated that the update containing the new search feature has begun its roll-out from September 20, 2021; however, it could take at least 15 days to reach all eligible Android users.

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Gmail for Android acquires filters in search. (Source: Google via AndroidPolice)
Gmail for Android acquires filters in search. (Source: Google via AndroidPolice)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-09-22 (Update: 2021-09-22)