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Last updated: October 31, 2018
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Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service provided by Google. Users may access Gmail as secure webmail, as well via POP3 or IMAP protocols. Gmail's spam filtering features a community-driven system: when any user marks an email as spam, this provides information to help the system identify similar future messages for all Gmail users. Google also provides GMail alternative for business - G Suite Mail.
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2019. Gmail now allows to schedule emails
Google has added to GMail the ability to schedule drafted emails to be sent at specified times in the future. That's the kind of thing you could be forgiven for thinking Gmail already had, but it will likely be a welcome addition nevertheless. Also Google announced some extensions to the popular email ciient's Smart Compose feature that completes sentences for you on occasion. Google is enhancing it so it can supposedly emulate your writerly voice, meaning it can better adapt to informal ways of greeting email recipients now. It will even suggest subject lines now, according to Google. In addition to that, Smart Compose will now work in Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese alongside English and support Gmail for Android.
2019. Gmail makes emails more dynamic with AMP for Email
Google launched AMP for Email, its effort to turn emails from static documents into dynamic, web page-like experiences. AMP for Email is coming to Gmail, but other major email providers like Yahoo Mail, Outlook and Mail.ru will also support AMP emails. The promise of AMP for Email is that it’ll turn basic messages into a surface for actually getting things done. With AMP for Email messages become interactive. That means you’ll be able to RSVP to an event right from the message, fill out a questionnaire, browse through a store’s inventory or respond to a comment — all without leaving your web-based email client. Some of the companies that already support this new format are Booking.com, Despegar, Doodle, Ecwid, Freshworks, Nexxt, OYO Rooms, Pinterest and redBus. The format supports many popular AMP markup features, including carousels, forms and lists. It’s also worth noting that these messages still include standard HTML markup as a fallback for email clients that support AMP.***
2019. Mobile Gmail gets Material Design UI
Gmail on mobile (for iOS and Android) is getting a new look that is in line with the company’s recent Material Design updates to Gmail, Drive, Calendar and Docs and Site. Indeed, the new UI will look familiar to anybody who has ever used the Gmail web app, including that version’s ability to select three different density styles. You’ll also see some new fonts and other visual tweaks. In terms of functionality, the mobile app is also getting a few new features that put it on par with the web version. Like on the desktop, you can now choose between the default view, as well as a comfortable and compact style. Google also notes that the new design makes it a bit easier to switch between accounts. Another nice addition to the mobile app is that the large red phishing and scam warning box from the web version now also appears in the mobile app.
2018. Gmail’s iOS app gets a unified inbox
Many people today have more than one email account, often using one for work, another for personal. While Gmail users on Android have had the option to see multiple inboxes in a single view, iOS users – until now – have had to switch accounts by tapping between them in the app’s navigation. With today’s iOS update, there’s instead the option to use the new “All Inboxes” view from the left-hand side drawer. The option works with both G Suite and non-G Suite accounts, including third-party IMAP accounts, the company notes. Though a unified inbox is a seemingly minor feature, it’s the sort of thing that has driven many Gmail iOS users to third-party apps, since Gmail itself was lacking.
2018. Google discontinues Inbox by GMail
Google officially announced that Inbox by Gmail, the company’s experimental email client for Gmail, will shut down at the end of March 2019. Google says it’s making this change to put its focus “solely on Gmail.” While that makes sense, it’s a shame to see Inbox sail into the setting sun, given that it pioneered many of the features that have now become part of the new Gmail. While the new Gmail now has most of Inbox’s features, one that is sorely missing is trip bundles. This useful feature, which automatically groups all of your flight, hotel, event and car reservations into a single bundle, is one of Inbox’s best features. Google plans to bring this to Gmail early next year — hopefully well before Inbox shuts down.