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Hello, I just got a new Google Nexus 4, working great so far, upgraded from an iPhone 3gs. Just one question: It appears that the Nexus does not show on the start page the number of unread emails in my mailbox. Is there a way to make this happen? Some adjustment of the settings, or perhaps some app or widget is needed?
Frankly, there are myriad options for what you're looking for. If you do a search in Google Play for "unread gmail", you'll see ton of options for your home screen. I assume you aren't referring to your lockscreen.
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Thanks for the reply. Perhaps I was unclear as I'm looking for something that will show the number of unread mails in all of my accounts, not just gmail. I did search GP and did find several apps on gmail, but did not see one for all accounts, except one that had bad reviews.
I'm a little surprised that the stock email program does not provide this feature, I thought perhaps something just needed to be set in the Settings. So an app/widget is needed? Any recommendations? And yes, I meant the home screen, not the lock screen.
Yes, I have the default email app set up to deliver email from both my work and home accounts. I do not use gmail except for Google Voice, etc. The icon is a yellow piece of paper with the @ symbol coming out of a white envelope.
I did find an app called the K-9 Unread Count Icon, which seems to be what I need, but it says, "This Widget works only with a K9Mail installation!" So I'd have to replace the default email app with the K-9 Mail app? Perhaps that is the only way to get the icon I want.
Edit: didn't see that this is what you were talking about that K-9 widget already.
Yes OP, I think you're either going to have to replace the stock email with one that has compatible widgets, or replace your home launcher with something that can plug into it, like what was mentioned by Digital Controller.
Last edited by RyanB; January 7th, 2013 at 04:36 PM.
Pardon my confusion, but the notification of said email should remain at the top of your screen. Is it disappearing, or would rather have the notification be reflected elsewhere? No hardball, it's just that notifications at the top don't usually clear themselves, so looking at that should indicate if you missed an audible alert.
Thanks for the replies, think I have this issue resolved now.
Yes, with the default emaill client, there is a small icon (looks like an envelope) that stays there after the initial notification. Guess I had not really noticed it at first. And yes, by dragging down, I get a list of the unread mails.
My final solution, at least for now, was a free alternate email app called Emoze. I like the look of it better than the default app, and it comes with a nice big widget that can be placed on the home screen to show unread mail. Maybe the widget is a little too big (4x2), but I am satisfied. The default app is also not bad, just a matter of how you like your email to look.
Maybe the widget is a little too big (4x2), but I am satisfied
Don't forget that your version of Android is able to resize widgets. Just press and hold down on the widget, and you should either see a popup giving you the option, or a box around it with dots that you can drag to make it taller/shorter or wider/narrower; I use a custom home launcher that tends to tweak interfaces such as this so I don't recall specifically how it looks stock.
Here is the link to Nova. It won't necessarily appear any different, but will bring more options to what you can do with your homescreen. Should you elect to stick with Nova, be sure to remove all widgets from the stock homescreen so they're not running in the background while being unused by you.
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