Google has announced that they are rolling out support in the Gmail web client for users to access all of the photos from their smartphone when composing new messages. To take advantage of the new features, users do have to have the Auto Backup feature for photos enabled on their Android powered phones. When composing a new email message, users can click on the Insert Photo button to be taken to a new dialog. In the past users were given the option of uploading an image from their computer or pasting the URL for a photo. The new dialog box adds tabs for Photos and Albums stored on a user’s account via the Auto Backup. » Read the rest
Google‘s experimental SMS feature which was released for Gmail Chat back in 2008 has now been removed. This means that users can no longer send an SMS to their mobile contacts via Gmail Chat. Google said users can switch to Hangouts and choose to receive messages in SMS settings.
However, US and Canada users can send an SMS through Google Voice or switch to Hangouts and “continue receiving SMS messages as follow-me (i.e. if you’re offline and receive a Hangout message, you’ll get an SMS message).” The company said that “by streamlining our services, we’re able to focus on creating the best possible products for our users”. » Read the rest
Gmail is offering a new feature much similar to the Gmail Shelfie April Fool’s joke. The new feature now allows Gmail users to share their custom theme with their friends, families or anyone. That said, you can now go to Settings, and under Themes, you’ll find the “Share your theme” option which requires you to choose how you want to share your custom theme…. either by sending an email, by Google+, or even by copying and sharing the link provided.
Google will be sharing some of their favorite themes as well on Google+ every Thursday so be sure to check it out. » Read the rest
Gmail just turned 10, and it has evolved a lot over the years. That evolution isn’t going to stop, so what new things can we expect? A few screenshots leaked that show more tabs, a new pin system, and a new snooze feature.
Last year, Google introduced tabs, which include Social, Promotions, Forums, and Updates. A future update is likely to include additional tabs such as Travel, Purchases, and Finance. I’m not a big fan of the tabs, so we will have to see how this works out.
Thanks to the NSA, privacy might be the biggest buzzword right now. A lot of people are concerned about who could be reading their emails. If you’re using Gmail, you might sleep better tonight after you read about the changes that Google has made.
The first change is that Gmail will always use an encrypted HTTPS. HTTPS has always been supported, but with the addition of encryption, nobody will be able to listen to your messages, even if you are using a public Wi-Fi. This goes for computers, phones, and tablets.
Google’s Calendar app is pretty fantastic. It integrates cleanly with Gmail, it’s well-designed and organized, and the mobile apps are top-notch. To make it even better, the Gmail team is adding holidays from 30 new countries to their Calendar app, ranging from Australia to Brazil.
Like all Google improvements, this update is going to roll out in phases over the next few days. If you’re itching to put another country’s holidays in your calendar, just hang tight for a few days until you see the update.
source: Gmail Blog
According to Google, a recent Gmail bug which affected the iOS app, the offline version of Gmail, and mobile browsers may have resulted in users accidentally spam-marking or even deleting the wrong emails.
The bug was in effect between the 15th and 22nd of January, and Google says that users should check their spam and trash folders for emails that they may have accidentally put there.
Chances are you heard about the Gmail outage that took place on Friday. But there is something else that happened aside from it. A glitch in Google search is causing David S. Peck, a Hotmail user, to receive thousands of emails from people he does not even know. During the outage, people were frantically searching ”Gmail” and when they clicked on the first sublink, they were sent to a window that had Peck’s email address in the “To” input box. Of course, people decided to press Send. » Read the rest
Today Google added the ability to star important contacts in your contacts list, similar to how you star important messages in your Gmail inbox. Once a contact is starred, it will automatically be added to the “starred” group for easy access.
The feature will also be automatically synced with your Android device, so once you star a contact in Gmail, it will automatically be starred in your contacts list on your phone or tablet, and vice versa.
If you want to turn the feature off, you’ll be able to in just a few steps. You’ll also be able to set whether you want to let anyone (or nobody) from Google+ email you at all.
It’s also important to note that while people from Google+ will be able to email you, they won’t actually be able to see your email address through Gmail— just your name. Privacy is still most important here, and it’s good to see that Google recognizes that.
Source: Google Blog