On July 29th, Google released an update for the Gmail application, that brought it to version 2.3.5. Since I had version 2.3.4, I was expecting to be notified of the update shortly as I had for updates to other applications including ones that came pre-installed on my phone, such as Google Maps.
Alas, I still haven't received the notification, even though I can see the update available in the market (yes, I realise I can download it manually).
I have since surmised (though this is a guess on my part) that the difference is that gmail is considered a "built-in" app, but Google Maps, while pre-installed on my device, is not considered built-in.
Is this right?
If it is, why are built-in apps treated this way? Is there a technical reason, or are they somehow considered more sacrosanct, because of their status n the platform?
Apparently, the SDK doesn't list Google Maps as built in, but it does list the "email" app. Furthermore, Google Maps is listed as a "Downloaded App" but Gmail isn't.