Your friends at Google are very smart people. They are quite aware of the fact that you do not like spammy marketing messages. Sure you may have wanted it when you signed up, but they can be relentless. Take a look at the new Gmail Unsubscribe button.
As of right now, all marketing emails are mandated to keep some level of escape from their clutches. You don’t merely have to send them to the “spam” box, it is sometimes possible to visit the “unsubscribe” page and remove yourself from the list. But what if it were as simple as tossing the message in the Spam folder? Google will soon be providing that button across the top of your Gmail application.
It’s your email address, you should have control over who sends what to you. And soon you will (even more so than you currently do)
Now, if only Google could do the same for my physical mailbox.
Google Drive and Docs have a Handwriting Input
Google is well aware that not all languages can be squeezed into a latin-based format. As such they have introduced a method for writing characters and words that require a different input. A handwriting input is now available to Google users.
Gmail and Google Docs now offer at least 20 handwriting languages and Gmail more than 50. If you want to test this new style out, find the icon that looks like a pencil in either of these programs and select the language that you wish to write in. A space will appear where you can begin writing.
Unlike the, now antiquated, “graffiti” from the days of the Palm Pilot, more than one character can be entered at a time. You may do this with either the mouse or a trackpad and if you’re using an Android device with pen capabilities, that may be used as well.
It is in Google’s interest to make handwritten languages available to all, as in some cases the keyboard is just not enough. To be a universal agent, Google must make progress into all aspects of communication. Thankfully, handwriting is now available.
In late May at Google I/O 2013 when most of Google primary products received major updates, one of the lesser known features was temporarily removed from the line-up; Gmail Calls. As of July 9th, 2013 calls via Gmail are back and literally better than ever.
The new launch of Gmail calls has been improved in several ways. For one, it is now integrated into Google Hangouts, so all your contacts are included, not merely those with phone numbers. Hangouts can be held with both phone calls and Gmail users simultaneously (although you will not be able to see the callers). To spice up the call even more, Google has added some sound simple effects such as applause or laughter which can be accessed through the Google Effects app.
If all this pans out the way Google would have it, Google Hangouts will be the new Google Voice. As usual we can expect great things from the search giant, so these updates are only the beginning. Stay tuned and use Google Hangouts to your heart’s content. Don’t worry about it, it’s free.
It has been quite possible to attach images to gmail messages in the past, but not so much in the newer pop-open interface. Drag and drop worked just fine for attaching files when the only space they could fit into was open to the current email. But now with the capacity to view multiple emails, how do you attach images?
Google has updated the interface for gmail so that you can drag and drop images into which ever email you wish. A small space at the bottom of the email pop-open window that reads “drop to attach” will accept the images that you want to attach. However, if you’d rather embed the image to the email, just drop it anywhere in the pop-open window.
It’s great to see Google making things intuitive, they must have some non-engineers working with them to make things more non-techie-friendly.
Along with the upgrades to so many other apps and services, Google has updated the Favicon for Gmail, today. This change will be reflected in the Chrome New-Page interface as well. The icon will now better reflect the style already set by the rest of Google’s applications.