NOTE: Holy confusion hell. Google Apps or Google Apps for Work is not your regular Gmail. Google Apps for Work is a paid suite of Google services for businesses, basically, that gives you access to Google services, but with a custom domain, like firstname.lastname@example.org. We aren’t talking about package tracking cards from your Gmail (email@example.com) account – that feature has been there for months if not years. We are talking specifically about Google Apps or Google Apps for Work users in this post.
If you have attached your life to a Google Apps account (like a Google Apps for Work account that uses a domain – ex: firstname.lastname@example.org), you are probably well aware of its many limitations when it comes to newly introduced services or features by Google. Apps like Inbox launch first without GApps support, which can be frustrating for those who think they are on the cutting edge of technology, but are often held back by the type of Gmail account they use.
One of the longest standing delays in features for Google Apps users has been full Google Now support. What I mean is that Gmail Google Now cards still to this day do not work with GApps accounts. These are cards that are created based off of emails received in your inbox, like packaging tracking cards from shipping notices or hotel, flight, and restaurant cards that created from confirmation emails. Google even states on their Google Now support pages that “Some features, such as Gmail Now cards, aren’t available when using Google Now with a Google Apps account.” (more…)
Back in May, Google introduced an “undo send” button to Inbox, both on the web and in mobile apps. The feature wasn’t new to many of us, as it had been baked into Gmail for much longer, but only as a “Labs” option for those who knew it existed. Yesterday, that all changed when Google brought “undo send” out of Labs and into general settings on Gmail for the web. Yes, friends, you can now “Whoops!” and un-whoops on Gmail on much more stable terms. Or for some of you, for the first time now that the setting isn’t hidden away. (more…)
An update for Gmail is shipping out via Google Play, bringing added security for users loading up their Microsoft and Yahoo email accounts through Google’s client. (more…)
During Google I/O, Google pushed an update to Inbox that introduced the always-useful “undo send” button. While “undo send” stole headlines because it is a feature that you will all one day appreciate, another new feature was overlooked by many that may be equally important for those who travel frequently. That feature is called Trip Bundles, and Google took a minute yesterday during WWDC to talk in greater depth about what it is and how it can work for you. (more…)
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 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…)
Starting today, Inbox users can set custom Snooze times to go along with your routine. Not everyone has the same sleep schedule, and to help offer a more personal approach to notifications, setting your own snooze times means you will get email when you are ready for it. (more…)
Google announced a pretty major update to Gmail on Android, this morning, that will surely help multi-account users be more efficient. It should add to a more responsive, polished experience in general as well, thanks to improved search and conversation views, and better Drive integration. (more…)