Tap an Avatar to See Recent Conversations, Contact Info, and More in New Gmail for Android

Google announced through Google+ today that Gmail on Android is receiving an update that includes a couple improvements all based on user feedback.

For one, you can now tap on contact avatars in emails to see a full history, including recent conversations, contact info, and more robust details about the person should there be a Google+ account attached. Items like people you have in common, recent G+ posts, their birthday, place of employment, etc. can all be in there.  (more…)

Google Acquires Timeful Calendar App – Will Integrate Its Tech Into Inbox, Calendar, and More

Google just announced that it has acquired Timeful, an iOS-only calendar app that tries to help “organize your life by understanding your schedule, habits, and needs.” The announcement came via the Gmail blog, but Google mentioned that they plan to integrate the technology behind Timeful into Inbox, Calendar, and “beyond,” so you could see it help tie together all sorts of Google services. I can’t see anyone arguing with better service-to-service integration.  (more…)

Report: Google Wants You to Pay Bills From Within Gmail Using the “Pony Express”

According to a report out of Recode, Google is preparing a service called Pony Express that is designed to let you pay your bills within Gmail. The idea centers around making bills payable from within an email or your inbox instead of having to take care of your payments through a separate website for utilities, a phone bill, etc. The service is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of this year.  (more…)

New Google Contacts Looks, Manages, and Gets Rid of Duplicates Better

Google gave us a big update to Google Contacts this afternoon, by introducing a “fresh look and feel” to an app inside of Gmail that has been painful to use over the years. The new web version of Google Contacts will now “conveniently” pool together contacts you talk to the most in Gmail, help you get rid of duplicates much easier, show recent conversations in contact cards, and even keep your contacts up-to-date automatically.  (more…)

Inbox Comes to Google Apps Users!

This morning, Google announced that Inbox, it’s non-traditional email service that focuses on helping you get things done, is coming to Google Apps users! Since we (the DL staff) are obsessive Google Apps users, the level of excitement at our remote offices couldn’t be greater. Like its more consumer-focused launch, access to Inbox through Google Apps will also require an invite from Google.  (more…)

Google App Update Wednesday: Maps, Camera, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, and So Damn Many More

You probably already realized this, since we wrote up three Google apps with updates before noon, but yes, today is Wednesday and that means Google is unleashing new goodies upon us. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the updates that have already rolled out today (some yesterday too), along with download links and details to their changes (if they have any). A bunch of these updates are minor bug fixes, but a few do have substantial changes.

Should other apps receive updates, we will try our best to update the list.

Go get ’em!  (more…)