Each morning, I wake up to the alarm on my phone, pick it up after snoozing it a couple of times, and then immediately swipe down the notification bar to see what kind of mess is going on in my three Gmail inboxes. Since there are typically dozens awaiting action, the notification preview forces me to enter the inbox to deal with them. But once I’ve done that, the notifications continue to pop up throughout the day (some times before I get out of bed), one at a time, with actionable buttons for “reply” or “delete.” These button additions by the Android team to notifications have been game-changing, if you ask me. Being able to instantly react to an email that comes through your inbox is something I could not live without now that I have experienced it.
I want more, though. With growing displays and resolutions, there is room for a third button. I want a third button! (more…)
Google is continuing to make Gmail better today with their latest round of further Google+ integration. To help with those times when you forgot to grab a friend’s work or home email address, Gmail for web will start suggesting your Google+ contacts as email recipients. (more…)
It took nearly a month to come to fruition, but you can finally kiss that Gmail “Display images below” message on your Android phone and/or tablet goodbye: the automatic picture loading feature that Google announced in December is finally rolling out to devices through the Play Store. (The impatient among you can download it early, of course.) (more…)
How many times in your life have you clicked that link? You know, the one that says “Display images below” in almost all of your Gmail messages. Hundreds of times? Thousands? It’s a safety measure, but man, how long have we wished Google would find a better way to handle images in emails. Turns out, they have as of today. (more…)
Yesterday afternoon, an update to the iOS version of Google Maps rolled out, bringing with it hotel, flight, and restaurant reservation info that it had pulled from Gmail. In other words, Google Maps on iOS became a lot like Google Now. If you have emails from flight reservations, upcoming hotel bookings, or a confirmation email from something like OpenTable, Google Maps will show you information in card-like panels should you search for those specific places related to those reservations.
Well, guess what? The update started rolling out on Android last night as well, as version 7.5. We received the update figuring there had to be something to it related to this iOS update and sure enough that’s exactly what we’re looking at. Of course (and to no one’s surprise), Google hasn’t updated the listing of “What’s new” yet in Google Play, so we had to do the in-app searching on our own. There could even be more included in the update, but we know it at least includes this snazzy new Gmail-pulling trick. (more…)
Gmail received a really nice update this morning to version 4.7. In the update, the Gmail team has introduced Vacation Responder, as your way to set an “out of office” through the Gmail app, rather than the web. They also are finally allowing you to attach more than just photos and videos. With 4.7 onward, you can attach almost anything from PDF files to .zips to documents to .apks (as long as they aren’t over 25MB). And last, you can print hard copies of emails thanks to built-in print settings (as long as you are on Kit Kat). Oh, you should see performance improvements on devices with low memory, thanks to Project Svelte.
As always, we have the .apk available for you to download below should you not have received the update through Google’s stage rollouts method. (more…)
Security is a top priority for many people these days, and for most of us, Google is at the center of most of our services. Google introduced a Takeout service almost a year ago that allowed Google users to take all of their info with them if they ever decided to move to a different service. Starting today, Gmail and Calendar data will soon be specifically available for download for all Google users who choose to leave. (more…)
You know that trick in Google Chrome and Maps that allows you zoom seamlessly with one finger? That would be with a double tap, hold then drag? That same trick works in Gmail on devices running Kit Kat. My Nexus 5 is currently allowing me to perform the trick, as is my Moto X on Android 4.4. However, the same experience can’t be had on my Moto X running Android 4.2.2.