In a post on Google+, the company announced users would no longer have to download attachments to their device “which takes up valuable space”.
Files that have been saved to the cloud storage service are then “easily accessible from any smartphone, tablet or computer”, Google said.
Another improvement is “spam explanations”, which will offer an explanation as to why each message ended up in the spam folder.
The update also includes faster access to the side navigation menu, which Google claims makes it “easier to get wherever you need to go in the app”.
“While reading messages, you can now swipe from the left edge to quickly access your accounts and labels,” the company said. Settings, help, and feedback will also appear in the side menu.
Google said the new features will be rolled out “over the next few days”. Users will need the latest version of Gmail for Android in order to receive the updates. Those who are not on the latest version can download it from the Google Play store.
The latest update to Gmail for Android has introduced the ability to save attachments direct to Google Drive.