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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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New presence feature in Hangouts makes it clear to Gmail friends that you're not giving them the cold shoulder

New presence feature in Hangouts makes it clear to Gmail friends that you're not giving them the cold shoulder

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Google has announced that Gmail can now recognize email addresses that deviate from the standard Latin characters. In a move towards making email more inclusive, Gmail on the web, soon to be followed by Calendar, can now recognize accented email addresses, as well as addresses written in non-...
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How to: Use Gmail to send and receive email from your other accounts

There are a few hoops to jump through, but when it's all said and done you'll able able to manage multiple email accounts in Gmail As much as we wish we could all use just a single email address for everything, it isn't always possible or advisable for one reason or another. It's not uncommon to...
Gmail update brings better Drive sharing

Gmail update brings better Drive sharing

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Google adds 13 more languages to web-based Gmail

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Google introduces new Gmail APIs for developers and their apps

Google introduces new Gmail APIs for developers and their apps

Earlier today, Google announced and introduced new APIs for Gmail. These new APIs will help developers create apps that go beyond the limitations of IMAP. At least that's what Google is hoping for with today's announcement. Google praises IMAP for connecting email clients to email servers...
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Gmail for Android updated with save to Drive feature, better RTL language support, and more

Google has updated the Android Gmail app, and have begun the release today. Over the next few days everyone will see an update that brings a few new features — like the ability to save to Google Drive and better support for right-to-left languages. Read on for the full list of changes. Save to...
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Google put an ad in my Gmail inbox — so why don't I care?

OK, it's a single ad. And it's semi-relevant to my interests. I am not outraged. I am not upset. In fact, there's a good chance that had we not received so many emails from folks wondering just who the hell Google thought it was, violating the sanctity of our inboxes with a sponsored email from...

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

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Google updates back-end in light of Heartbleed vulnerability

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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

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Gmail Shelfie: share your selfie as your friend's Gmail theme

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