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.)
The original limitation was put in place to prevent images linked to malicious URLs from installing apps surreptitiously, but Google’s solved that issue by funneling every picture through a secure proxy server. That way, threats will be rendered inert before they reach your mobile inbox.
For those concerned about privacy, the feature can be turned off in settings.
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