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  • Vendor: Google Inc.
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

If there's one single reason to use an Android device, Gmail may be it. What once was the world's longest beta test is undoubtedly (though we may be a little biased here) the best way to manage email. It's available anywhere, at any time. It makes it virtually impossible to accidentally lose mail. Plus it's as fast on mobile as it is on a powerful desktop computer. 

Gmail does things a little differently, keeping your conversations as, well, threaded conversations — not just back-and-forth messages like back in the Dark Ages. It's a different way of doing things, but it works. And it works well.

If you haven't yet tried Gmail, you're absolutely missing out. Gmail comes standard with a Google account, and with it you'll get multiple gigabytes of free storage, so you shouldn't be running out of storage space any time soon.

The Android app continues to improve as well. It'll be refreshed with Google's new Material Design language. And it'll continue to lead the way for all other mobile email clients — especially on Android.

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Google testing big redesign, new features for web-based Gmail

Remember those leaked screenshots of a mobile redesign for Gmail? Next up its the turn of the regular web version which according to Geek.com has its own redesign currently in testing. And if you look at the two side-by-side there's a bunch of similarities. One of the biggest changes is the...
Google reportedly looking into stronger encryption for Gmail

Google reportedly looking into stronger encryption for Gmail

The most sensitive part of your online Google existence is almost without question Gmail, and Google's working to make that more secure than ever. In response to revelations about the mass surveillance performed by the NSA, Google is reportedly looking at implementing more complex encryption...
Backed-up mobile shots can now be attached in Gmail

Backed-up mobile shots can now be attached in Gmail

Gmail on the web has added a handy new feature which lets you quickly attach images that are already in Google+ through Android’s photo auto-backup feature. This is a really great addition, considering how easy it is to start writing an e-mail on your computer, find out you need a photo from your...
Google fixes Heartbleed

Google updates back-end in light of Heartbleed vulnerability

If you've been online at some point in the last 36 hours, chances are you've heard of 'Heartbleed', a flaw in OpenSSL that has exposed data to theft on approximately 2/3 of servers in use around the globe over the past two years. It's not known how bad the damage may be, but the revelation of the...
Gmail custom theme sharing

Gmail gains custom theme sharing, Shelfies to live on

Google is now allowing users to share their custom Gmail themes, in a feature much like their Gmail Shelfie April Fool's joke (was it really a joke?). If you are using a custom theme in Gmail, simply go to Settings and under Themes, you'll see the new "Share your theme" option. You will be able...
Potential new Gmail features revealed in leaked screenshots

Potential new Gmail features revealed in leaked screenshots

Some leaked Gmail screenshots are revealing a tantalizing array of new features. You’ll find new sorting tabs for Travel, Purchases, and Finance, and a pinning system so important e-mails stay at the top of the list. Conversely, you’ll also be able to snooze e-mail threads that aren’t especially...
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Gmail Shelfie: share your selfie as your friend's Gmail theme

Google is celebrating Gmail's birthday and April Fool's today. They've announced "Shelfies" as a way to share your selfies (SHare sELFIES — get it?) through the Gmail interface. Billed as a replacement theme that will be rolling out in the next few hours, Google also tells us that self-portraits...
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All Gmail will now use HTTPS, messages will be encrypted when moving inside Google

Initiatives were 'made a top priority after last summer's revelations' Google has steadily improved the overall security of several of its apps and services, and the latest move is moving to HTTPS and encryption across all of Gmail. Starting today, every single time you send or check your Gmail...
Starred Contact in Gmail

You can now 'star' contacts through Gmail

From emails to contacts the star makes it easy to find the most important things For years we have used Google's starring system to keep track of important emails, and now you're able to star your contacts as well. Keeping track of huge contact lists can be a bit of a difficult task — finding...
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Gmail update pushing out, enables 'always show images' setting

Images displayed through a proxy server to keep you safer A couple of days ago a lucky few first saw an update for Gmail that enables the automatic display of images in messages. Today it seems that the update is pushing out hard and reports of users receiving it are coming in. There is no...
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Google further blurs the line between Google+ and Gmail

New setting lets anyone (or no one) email you through Google+ — even if they don't have your Gmail address Google today announced a new feature (or not, depending on your point of view) that will let anyone (or no one) e-mail you — even if they don't know your address.  The change will take...
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Gmail will automatically show images in e-mails

Google today announced that it is (for better or worse) finally going to get rid of that annoying "show images" button in Gmail.  The gist is that embedded images will be routed through Google's severs and then transcoded, ensuring you won't get hit with any malware. If you're worried about...
Gmail Vacation Responder

Gmail update adds vacation auto responder, expands file attachment capabilities

  Wireless printing directly from the app available for KitKat users The latest update to the Gmail app is adding a few often-requested features. First up, just in time for holiday vacations, is a vacation auto responder that can be enabled right from the app — no more going to the web interface...
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Gmail app getting updated with new, cleaner design

   Gmail for Android gets the cards treatment The Gmail Google+ account says that they will be rolling out a new update for the Gmail app today that brings a better conversation view, better multi-select, and an overall cleaner design for Android users. In addition, you'll be able to tell is sync...
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Google says Gmail outage caused by 'dual network failure,' apologizes for downtime

Additional backup capacity to be added for Gmail to ensure delivery during network failures Many of you may have noticed outages or issues with several Google services yesterday, but none were hit as hard as Gmail. Google acknowledged yesterday on its app status dashboard that Gmail was...
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Gmail, some other Google services experiencing disruption

Gmail takes the day off to celebrate Android's fifth birthday If you're experiencing problems accessing your Gmail account or receiving mail in a timely manner this evening, you're not alone. Some Google services, mainly Gmail, Calendar and Google Drive, seem to be both herping and derping at...
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Gmail update brings the delete option back by default

A quick update to the Gmail app tonight brings about a couple changes. First off is that Google has brought back the delete option by default, alongside the archive button. (Previously you had to turn that back on in the settings.) Also listed is "tap sender images to select multiple e-mails in...
New Gmail 4.5 interface

Slide, tap, and tab: A look at Gmail's new interface

New mail categories make their way over from the web; updated design sheds an action bar for a cleaner look Google is currently in the process of rolling out a newly redesigned Gmail app -- version 4.5 if you're counting -- that is the first major redesign in some time, bringing with it a few...
Gmail for Android

New-look Gmail Android app rolling out now

Looks like we didn't have to wait too long after all for that fancy new Gmail app for Android. The new app -- Version 4.5 for you folks playing at home -- kills the action bar at the bottom and moves things up top, and introduces the left-anchored drawer for things like accounts and labels. You've...
Gmail for Android

Gmail for Android, web to get tabbed inboxes to reduce clutter

Google has been working to reduce the clutter in our inboxes for some time and has just announced a sizeable update to Gmail, both on the web and on mobile, to further combat the problem.  The update brings tabbed inboxes to your Gmail that automatically divide the mail you receive into categories...

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