This day full of Google goodness, keeps on rolling, and Google just made it easier to send money to our friends and family with the help of Gmail and Google Wallet. The two have been integrated to allow you to send money. In Gmail there will be an option next to the attachments, in the form of a dollar sign $. By clicking on this button you can now send money to the people you care most about. There are limitations to the service however, which are covered after the break: » Read the rest
Google knows that everybody loves more free storage space, so they have tripled the amount of free cloud-based storage they offer on Google Drive from 5GB to 15GB. Kind of. Previously, Google Drive offered 5GB of storage, and Gmail offered 10GB. Now, 15GB of free storage will be shared between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos (previously Picasa), so while there is still the same amount of space being offered, users can now freely choose how they want to split up their 15GB. Compared to other free cloud storage competitors, Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage, Apple iCloud 5GB, and Microsoft SkyDrive 7GB.
In addition to the additional free space, the previous lowest tier option for additional storage space, $2.49 per month for 25GB, has been removed, making the new cheapest option $4.99 for 100GB. All of these changes will roll out in the next few weeks.
Source: Google Drive Blog
Gmail for Android received a new update today and users can now reply to or archive emails directly from the notifications bar. However, the feature isn’t available on just any Android device. On the Official Gmail Blog, it mentions for Android users running 4.1 and up since more in-depth notifications are supported in Jelly Bean. Users can also combine the feature with the ability to customize which emails they receive notifications for under settings in the Gmail app. Aside from this new feature, both online or offline search in the Gmail Android app has been made faster with bug fixes and performance improvements as per usual.
Well, Google is getting closer to the Glass launch, and this latest news further confirms it. Google has just released an impressive list of apps for Project Glass. Included in the SXSW interactive release demo list were:
- The New York Times: Google Glass can display late breaking news to the headset using a unified “Timeline cards” interface. This will position short bursts of useful information in the user’s peripheral vision. Using a “look up” head gesture, Glass can show off photos and headlines…then read the text of a story to you! » Read the rest
Gmail users might want to check out the mobile web version of the email service after Google announced an update to the interface today. The latest update introduces several design cues found in the iOS Gmail app to the web interface for mobile devices. Google made the changes after receiving so many comments from Android users who saw the redesigned interface released by Google this past December for iOS devices. In addition to the interface changes, which closely follow Android design guidelines, the mobile web app includes better search capabilities and integration with Google Calendar.
You can check out the new interface by firing up your favorite web browser on your Android, Blackberry, or Kindle device and heading over to gmail.com. You can also get a feel for the new interface if you use the Gmail Offline Chrome extension on your computer.
Google Talk is one of the most popular video chat clients for Android and shares some tight integration with Google’s own Gmail clients for communication. Many people even use Gmail as a pseudo-phone replacement. According to Google’s own blog, it looks like they’ll continue to push that calling feature set by letting you make free calls to the US and Canada throughout 2013. There’s no Android app for this yet, but hopefully this is a sign that Google’s willing to push to make that happen.
source: Gmail Blog
Gmail for Android gets updated regularly and normally it’s just a matter of downloading and installing the update, but with the latest update (4.2), you will need to make some adjustments to your settings in order to enjoy the new features. This new update includes pinch-to-zoom for all HTML emails as well as a new swiping gesture when looking at emails in your inbox or other labels. They are both quite easy and won’t take more than a minute or two, so hit the break to see how it’s done.
Google released an update to the Gmail app in the Play Store, bringing it up to version 4.2. That brings the application up to speed with the version that ships with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and updated Galaxy Nexus. Some of the improvements include auto-fitting text in emails and pinch-to-zoom within emails. Pinch-to-zoom must be enabled by going into settings and checking Auto-fit messages. They’ve also added some cool new swiping features to archive and delete messages. Those features are only available on Android 4.0 and above, though, so if you’re below that, you’ll still get some performance improvements, but not the new gestures and swiping. Hit the break to get your hands on the update. » Read the rest
Google’s Gmail for Android app has seemingly reached the next step in its inevitable evolution. Our friends at Android Police report the upcoming Gmail version 4.2 will achieve some much-needed features, with the long awaited pinch-to-zoom making its first appearance in the app. As seen in the video below, when users open up an email and scroll down to the displayed content on the screen, they are able to completely pinch inwards in order zoom in and see the content in greater detail. Also from the looks of it, it appears that this upcoming Gmail feature will not just be limited to the newest Android software either, as the video was taken with the Gmail 4.2 app running on a Jelly Bean-flavored Galaxy Nexus.
There’s a couple of additional noteworthy items to highlight as well in the newest iteration of the Gmail app. One major note is the ability to actually swipe to delete or if you desire, archive your emails from the email list. According to Android Police, Gmail has this feature developed to be very flexible for users. For starters, users can go through options that will let you change your swipes to “No effect”, “Archive or delete” or “Always Delete”. The “Archive or delete” option is the default option, which will archive swiped messages when you’re in the inbox, delete swiped messages when you’re in All Mail or Sent and remove a label when you’re in a label-only view. The last feature is for users to be able to report a specific email or message or phishing, which effectively gives users one less thing to worry about when it comes to those pesky spammers and all. Huzzah!
Unfortunately, the .apk can not be shared with the masses at this time. However, the hope is that we will be able to grab a leak as soon as possible… or Google just goes ahead and releases the update for the rest of the world to see. Hit the break to see additional photos and video of this in action.
Google announced today a new experiment with their search results. In addition to the results brought up from the web, users can now receive results from email messages in their Gmail account. The results will show up in a sidebar set apart from the normal web results. It remains unclear exactly how this new functionality may be useful to end users, though I have no doubt someone will figure out a way to make it meaningful. » Read the rest