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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Google Announces Scribbles for Gmail on Mobile Devices

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android Software" @ 06:00 AM

"Now you can quickly convey that eureka moment to a colleague, or simply brighten a loved one's day with a personal scribble in Gmail for the mobile web browser and the Gmail app for iOS. In the compose view, click on the scribble button to open up the drawing window."

This is for phones and tablets. It works from in your mobile browser. What a great idea! Sometimes it's just easier to draw a quick doodle for someone rather than explain it with words. Now you can do that right from within Gmail! Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Using 2-step Verification and Application Specific Passwords to Protect Your Gmail Accounts

Posted by Nelson Ocampo in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:00 PM

"Security is always a cause for concern, whether it be with online banking or simply ordering a Domino's pizza. Passwords used online for applications or services are no different, especially with the amount of cyber crime occuring since the boom of the world wide web. Google have published an article on their blog outlining recent attacks being made on Gmail accounts and how users can protect themselves further."

While the video only mentions a few mobile OS's by name, you should also be able to use this on other OS's like Windows Phone. You just won't have the ability to use the Google Authenticator App at this time.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gmail's Newest Improvement Saves You Valuable Seconds

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 03:00 PM

"We're always looking for ways to make Gmail faster. One of the most common delays happens after you hit that "Send" button..."

Another improvement from Gmail has been released - sending in the background. This new feature permits you to go to continue working in Gmail while Gmail works on sending out your email in the background. It's designed to save you time since you won't have to wait for your email to send before moving on the next task. You do have to wait for all your mail to send before you can log out of Gmail, but that shouldn't be a big deal since most people want to make sure their messages were sent anyways. But it's a big improvement for Gmail that will save you valuable seconds!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Gmail Labels: It's Not The Size That Matters... Or Is It?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 11:00 AM

"Today we're making a small change that makes it easier to handle long label names: you can now add and edit label names up to 225 characters. The old limit was 40 characters, which wasn't enough for some people who had switched from Outlook or accessed Gmail through IMAP."

This is wonderful news for anyone who has ever tried to use nested labels within Gmail or anyone with OCD issues like myself. In many cases 40 characters just wasn't enough to contain the full path and properly descriptive label you desired. Well worry no more, my friends. You now have a full 225 characters categorize and sort your precious email. Any of you out there ever hit the 40 character limit? Think you'll ever hit the 225 character limit? ;)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Google Adds Undo Feature to iOS and Android Devices

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 10:30 AM

"Google has recently added an "undo" bar to its web app for iOS and Android devices. You can navigate to the web app by heading over to in Safari on your iOS device."

I think we all could have used the "undo" feature at least a time or two in various situations, and now for Gmail at least you can use it to undo one of four actions: archive, delete, add or remove a label, or move a message/conversation. When any of these actions is done, via the web app, you get a small window of opportunity to "undo" it when the yellow bar displays as it is in the above image. After that time though, you are out of luck.

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Gmail Features Make Your Life Prettier And Possibly Less Embarrassing

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 03:30 PM

"Themes in Gmail are great - there are tons to choose from and they give your inbox a personalized look. But we've heard from many of you who thought it would be even better if you could give Gmail an even more personalized look and create themes completely on your own."

Not necessarily mobile related but if you use Android you mostly likely have a Gmail account. Google recently launched a few new features that should make your Gmail experience just a little nicer and possible save you from quite the embarrassing oops.

First up Google has made it possible to add your own custom wallpaper along with the previous ability to customize your theme colors to your Gmail inbox. I can't say that this is too much of a surprise as this exact feature was added to the main Google home page not all that long ago. The other, possibly more useful, options include the graduation of the "Don't forget Bob" and "Got the wrong Bob?" labs. These are now part of gmail for everyone and offer you suggestions as to additional contacts to add to an email or ask you if you really meant to add the contact you did to the message. This could save you from having to resend an email because you forgot some one or more importantly save you from accidentally sending a questionable email to the wrong person.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Gmail: Always Innovating

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Talk" @ 05:00 PM

"Ever since I joined the Gmail team, my friends have been eager to tell me, 'I love Gmail! Except for this one thing...' And every day, Gmail users share their 'one thing' that would make Gmail better for them through our suggestions page. While we enjoy creating new solutions to old problems with features like Priority Inbox, those little annoyances and missing pieces are important, too. Recently, we've rolled out several small tweaks to Gmail to show it a little extra love."

If you love Gmail, but have always had a couple of nagging issues with it, check out this post from the Gmail team blog. They've fixed a handful of annoyances, the biggest being adding some settings for auto-saving (or not) of contacts. One of the things I really like about Google, and the Gmail team in particular, is that they are always working to make things work better.

How about you? Are you a Gmail user who wishes they would do more or less tinkering? If you don't use Gmail, what will it take for you to switch? Let us know in the forums.

Tags: google, gmail

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Suffering From Label Overload? Help is Just a Click Away

Posted by Kevin Jackson in "Android Talk" @ 09:30 AM

"We created the 'Hide read labels' and 'Hide Labels from Subjects' labs to help people manage their ever-growing lists of labels. Given the popularity and usefulness of these labs, we've decided to graduate them into fully-fledged features."

It's always nice to see Lab features move on up to the big time. I use a similar feature extensively in Google Reader and can imagine that it would be helpful for hard-core Gmail label users. So, how many labels do you use and do you think this feature will be useful to you?

Tags: labels, google, gmail, labs

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Android Gmail App Updated, Pulled, And Then Updated Again

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 01:00 AM

"A minor update to Android's Gmail app has hit the Market that fixes custom labels and improves copy/paste in Gingerbread."

Well that was quite the joy ride. A few days ago an update popped up in the Android Market for the official Gmail app. Not long after reports of crashing and other bad behavior caused Google to pull the update from the Market. Now today we find ourselves with an update to the last update that addresses these issues. Follow that? Great. Good news is that you can now head out to the Market and update your Gmail client and enjoy the ability to sync your custom label colors and your of you running Gingerbread get quicker access to select and copy text from emails. Any of you guys get burned by the crashing Gmail bug?

Tags: update, bug, crash, gmail

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Google Takes Printing to the Cloud

Posted by Craig Horlacher in "Android News" @ 09:00 AM

"Let’s say you need to print an important email attachment on your way to work so that it’s waiting for you when you walk in the door. With Gmail for mobile and Google Cloud Print — a service that allows printing from any app on any device, OS or browser without the need to install drivers — you can."

Google Cloud Print lets you print from Gmail in any current web browser, desktop or mobile. You need a Windows PC connected to the printer your want to print to right now but they're going to add support for Mac and Linux machines as well. Just go into Gmail from a browser and you will see a "Print" option in it's drop down menu near the top right. Besides just printing your messages it supports the printing of some attachments like .doc and .pdf files. Give it a try! Does this solve a specific printing need for you?

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Google Updates GMail Mobile; Brings Priority Inbox, Inline Reply, & Custom From Addresses

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android News" @ 07:00 PM

Talk about a great Birthday gift - Thank you Google! Now I can reply inline in GMail as I do on my desktop, I can also see priority information and, most needed, send from whatever address I'd like!! Grab the update now, it's in the market!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Is Gmail Push/Sync Not Working For You?

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android News" @ 08:30 AM

Looks like quite a few Android users are having issues with their Gmail notifications getting pushed to their phone. I first noticed my phone not getting new emails Tuesday night. I really didn't think too much of it at the time, figured I had connection issues or something. Come Wednesday I still wasn't getting any new email unless I opened Gmail and hit the refresh button so a Google searching I went. I stumbled across this thread in the Google support forums, it appeared that I was not alone in my Gmail syncing grief. Since then several other support threads have popped up with the same issue.

The problem is totally independent of carrier, device, or OS version. It appears to be something server side at Google. Many people are reporting that one of their Gmail accounts is syncing while the other is not, which agian, points to something server side that may not be effecting all of Google's mail servers.

Just so you know, Google is aware of the problem and is working on a fix. So don't pull all of your hair out trying to get it working. You are not alone in your frustration. Who else out there is experiencing this issue?

Tags: sync, push, gmail

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gmail Makes Conversation View Optional

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"It turns out not everyone feels the same way. And just as an outspoken minority has banded together in unison to declare their distaste of one of nature's most delicious herbs, some of you have been very vocal about your dislike of conversation threading. So just like you can order your baja fish tacos without cilantro, you can now get Gmail served up sans conversation view. Go to the main Settings page, look for the "Conversation View" section, select the option to turn it off, and save changes. If you change your mind, you can always go back."

Now this is an interesting development - considering that threaded conversation-type views were what made Gmail different in the first place! But for those of you who don't like it, you'll now be able to turn it off. I have no idea if this will carry over to the mobile platforms (let's hope it does, otherwise it would be a really broken experience), but I do know it should make people who don't like threaded views happy. So come on out threaded reply haters, let me know who you are and if this rocks your world today!

Tags: gmail

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Google Updates Android Gmail App: Get it from the Market Now

Posted by Jason Lee in "Android Software" @ 03:00 PM

"We just released a new version of the Gmail app in Android Market, so Gmail updates aren't tied to Android version releases anymore. Now you can get new Gmail stuff faster without having to wait for system updates. To start you off, we've improved message replies, access to quoted text, and more."

There are many things to love about Android. One of the greatest things is Google's ability to update the software that shipped with your device without a complete system update. Today they've done just that with the native Gmail app. For those of us running Froyo, the latest update brings cool new features like the floating message action bar and finally the ability to select and copy text! No longer will I have to launch just to copy an email address or phone number out of a message. So far I am really liking this update. How is it treating you guys?

Google Announces Two-part Verification and Mobile Doc Editing on Android

Posted by Karey Westfall in "Android News" @ 05:00 AM

"Today we're hosting more than 300 CIOs and IT professionals from around the world in Paris at Google Atmosphere, our annual European event dedicated to cloud computing-web-based applications that are built on shared infrastructure and delivered through the browser. This year, the discussion at Atmosphere is focused on how companies can benefit from the breakthroughs in productivity and security that cloud-based applications are uniquely capable of delivering....We're launching new cloud-powered capabilities: two-step verification to help enhance security and soon, mobile editing in Google Docs on Android and the iPad."

Looks like two exciting achievements are coming from Google. The two step verification will allow for tighter security on an account so that if someone did get the password, it would be harder to steal the account. Mobile editing will will allow you to edit your documents where ever you are - great for making changes as they come to you while you are on the go!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Want The Latest GMail For Your Phone?

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Software" @ 05:30 PM

'It hasn't been officially released yet, but an updated version of Gmail (2.2.1) is out and ready to replace the existing app on your HTC EVO 4G. Among the new features are improved performance in most areas of the app and a revamped header that makes it much easier to reply to and forward messages."

If you're dreaming of the newest GMail build that you've seen floating around, download links are apparently now leaking out via XDA Developers and other sites. The main update is the floating header that keeps reply, forward, and reply to all buttons easily findable (Although I keep scrolling to the bottom looking for the old ones...). It's also built into the latest version of CyanogenMod.

Get Priority Inbox in GMail Mobile

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Articles, Resources & Developer" @ 06:30 AM

"Want access to Gmail's fancy new Priority Inbox sorting on your portable browser? You can view the messages you've trained Gmail to consider Priority through a simple email search bookmarked for later."

Lifehacker has picked up this pretty simple little piece of hackery from Twitter user steverubel and it's pretty impressive for those of you who find GMail's Priority Inbox to be useful (as opposed to me). Labels & Searches are an awesome thing in GMail, and this little bookmark should let you access your most important email in a snap.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Priority Inbox + Empty Inbox = Disappointment Inbox!

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Talk" @ 08:30 AM

A few years back on Pocket PC Thoughts, I wrote a piece asking people about their Email Organization strategy, and mentioning that I personally like my inbox to always be at 0 when I'm done at my computer. At the most, on an average work day, I may return to my inbox and find 10 - 12 e-mails waiting for me after a meeting. So when Google activated my Priority Inbox a few days ago, I realized something. It doesn't work for me - my inbox is too clean. Now Priority All Mail, that may do the trick...

So those of you who have activated Priority Inbox, what do you think? Do you want it to come to your Android Phone? And those of you like me - what GMail improvement on device or on phone are you looking for?

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