Most of us end up getting a ton of email during the day. As it turns out, I see a lot of that email via the notification bar on my phone. I want to know what emails have come in, but not enough to go into the Gmail app on the phone, and so browsing them in Notifications is a quick and easy solution. When I see something in there I want to read or respond to, I launch the app.
When you look at emails via the notifications tab the Gmail app doesn't acknowledge that you've seen the message exists. That means that when I do launch the Gmail app to see that one note I need to respond to I get bombarded with the 50 emails I've already dismissed for the day and probably would have archived if I'd launched the app to begin with.
Now there's a solution for that… sort of.
AutoNotification is an app that intercepts the traditional notification and allows you to mark your Gmail messages as read right from the notification bar without archiving them. That means you'll still see them in your inbox the you eventually do launch it, but they will be "read" so your unread messages will stand out, Android Police reports.
It's not as good as being able to just toss those spammy messages in the trash right from your notification bar, but it's still a pretty useful proposition.
There's a good chance you've heard of AutoNotification before. We wrote about some of the service's features last year.
While service has been around for a bit, the Gmail functionality is a recent (and let's face it, much needed) addition.