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It’s pretty easy to read your emails while you’re on the go, but responding to those emails takes effort. Smart Reply, available in Inbox by Gmail and Allo, saves you time by suggesting quick responses to your messages. The feature already drives 12 percent of replies in Inbox on mobile. And starting today, Smart Reply is coming to Gmail for Android and iOS too. 

Smart Reply suggests three responses based on the email you received:

Once you’ve selected one, you can send it immediately or edit your response starting with the Smart Reply text. Either way, you’re saving time.

 

 

Smart Reply utilizes machine learning to give you better responses the more you use it. So if you’re more of a “thanks!” than a “thanks.” person, we’ll suggest the response that’s, well, more you! If you want to learn about the smarts behind Smart Reply, check out the Google Research Blog.

Smart Reply will roll out globally on Android and iOS in English first, and Spanish will follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more languages coming soon!

 

 

If your daily routine involves accessing Gmail through Google Chrome on a system that’s running on Windows XP or Vista, you might want to consider transitioning over to newer pastures soon, as Google has recently announced that Gmail will no longer support Chrome browsers that are running on version 53 and below beginning December 2017.

Why are Gmail users on Windows XP and Vista being singled out? Because the most recent (and very last) Chrome version that was released for the aforementioned two operating systems is version 49. Google officially stopped churning out updates for Chrome browsers on Windows XP and Vista in April 2016.

Of course, if you’re still adamant on sticking with Windows XP and Vista, you will still be able to access Gmail via Chrome, just that you will automatically be redirected to the basic and less secure HTML version of the service in December 2017.

Not entirely sure if your Chrome browser is updated to the latest version? Google will prompt you to have it updated via a banner that will be displayed at the top of the Gmail web interface beginning this Wednesday, February 8, 2017. If you don’t see it, it could mean that your browser is already running on version 53 and above – or that you’re running on Windows XP or Vista.

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Emails are one of those things you double- and triple-check before you hit the ‘Send’ button. However careful you are though, the nature and definition of ‘accident’ dictates that every once in a blue moon, you will inadvertently send that cake recipe to your employer instead of your cousin, or send a rant about one of your colleagues to said colleague themselves, or send to a prospective employer an email without your CV attached. And then spend the next few seconds mumbling profanities repeatedly before denial kicks in, and you hope the unintended recipient missed the one you sent in the mountain of other mails that they have to deal with everyday.

Do you wish there was an undo button for emails?

 

If you use Gmail, there is now. Or rather, there has been for the past six years as part of Gmail Labs, only now it’s a regular part of Gmail. You can now tone down that strongly worded email that you sent and fix that misspelling that you only spotted immediately after you clicked on the ‘Send’ button.

 

So how do you make use of this panic button? Go to ‘Settings’ after signing into your Gmail account, and halfway through the list you will see the ‘Undo Send’ section. Enabling it gives you the option to choose between 5, 10, 20 and 30 seconds window of buffering. Save the changes and you should be good to go.

 

The next time you send an email and you have second thoughts immediately after, you’ll have the number of seconds you selected to hit the undo button and decide if you’re changing your mind about something. Remember that this undo feature only adds a delay between the time you hit the ‘Send’ button and when Gmail sends out the email. Gmail can’t take back mails that has already gone into the recipients’ inbox, so if it’s going to take more than 30 seconds before you notice something’s amiss with your mail, then you’re out of luck.

 

Gmail’s Basic HTML Warning

By on June 8, 2015

If you use this URL to open Gmail’s basic HTML interface, you’ll probably see this message:

“Do you really want to use HTML Gmail? You’re about to use a version of Gmail designed for slower connections and legacy browsers. To get all of Gmail’s features, including inbox categories, images, and quick actions, please use the latest version of Gmail (recommended).”

You can click “Take me to latest Gmail” or “I’d like to use HTML Gmail” if you really, really want to use it.

Ever since Gmail launched its new Compose mode in March, which offered users a selection of new tools to write their emails, there have been a few of us who have been hoping that they’ll bring back the original full-screen Compose mode. Well, it looks like that time has come at last: Google’s email service now offers a full-screen option that centralizes the compose mode in the middle of your inbox, expanding it across the screen for a bigger, better viewing experience.

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With it, users will be able to see the formatting toolbar by default; there’s no need to click any extra buttons to access it. Even better is the option to set the full-screen compose as your default, which is done by checking the “default to full screen” option in the settings. Users can change to full screen viewing on the fly by clicking the “expand” button in the top right window, however.

Users who don’t see the full-screen Compose mode need not worry though: the function is scheduled to be up and running for all users over the next few days.

Gmail celebrating 9th birthday

By on April 13, 2013

At 1 April 2013, Google email (Gmail) is celebrating its 9th birthday. So much of evolution in the Gmail all start by one user’s feedback that she was tired of struggling to search for her email in the inbox. So the Gmail teams start to build a free webmail system that change the way of people using email.

After so many years, Gmail gone through so many change and upgrade just to serve the user better. The following infographic show the evolution of Gmail from day 1 until now.

Gmail Infographic

Custom Themes in Gmail

By on June 22, 2012

Another new and interesting feature just added into your Gmail, where now you can add your own photos to your Gmail theme. Other than choosing the present theme available from the list, you can create one which is belong to yourself.

 

It’s easy to upload your own photo to Gmail via the Settings > Themes page. The new theme photos are thoroughly integrated with Google+, however, so you can quickly choose photos from your Google+ photo collection if you don’t want to upload photos directly.

 

When using your own photos as your background, Gmail will limit you to choose between either the Light or Dark theme. If you prefer not to use your own photos, you can use whichever Gmail theme you like.

Other than you can upload your own photo, you may also select any featured background image from the list.

 

Will the custom background images in your Gmail, Google make the Gmail more lively and closer to their user, so will you pick your own photo for your Gmail background today?

 

If you are using Gmail every day to send and receive email, do you actually know that where actually your email message does after you hit the “send”? How Gmail actually handle and process your message from your computer to your friend’s computer or smartphone.

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The following video show the flow of electronic mail being handles by Google behind the scenes. Besides from the video, you may also visit the Google new “Story of Send” web site which you give you a better idea of the traverse of message all the way from the sender to the recipient. While you actually browse through the “Story of Send”, you may also get an idea how’s their data center  look like by browsing the photo as well as data center video.

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To celebrate the launching of the Google Drive, now your Gmail account storage has been increase to 10 GB (and counting) as per announce in the Gmail official blog.

Gmail now with 10GB of storage

Google Account Activity Stats

By on April 8, 2012

Google added an interesting feature that shows stats for services like Google Latitude, Gmail, Google Search and more. If you go to the Account Activity page, you can opt in for a monthly report that provides a “summary of your account activity across many Google products”.

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It’s like a personal Google Analytics, but it’s less detailed and it focuses on security features. For example, Google shows a list of locations and browsers detected when you’ve signed in. If you never use Opera, but the browser is included in Google’s list, then it’s likely that someone else found your password. The activity page also includes the number of emails you’ve sent and received, the number of Google searches and stats from Google Latitude, Picasa Web and YouTube.

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After activate the Google Account Activity, you will received the Email to view your account activity report. It would be nice to aggregate the data in real time and integrate account activity with Google Deshboard, which already show some stats.