Google has rolled out a major update of their Gmail app for Android devices.
The biggest new feature in this update is a new unified Inbox for all connected email accounts. You can now check all your emails in a single view properly stacked into conversations which was a Gmail innovation.
You’ve told us threaded conversations are one of your favorite Gmail features because they keep your messages organized and give you all the context you need to reply to those long email threads. Now messages from your Yahoo, Outlook.com and other IMAP/POP accounts will get the same special treatment, appearing neatly stacked as one conversation.
There are some other visual updates including faster animations and better preview of attachments. Google has also enhanced the search engine in the app to offer better autocomplete support.
Official Gmail Blog: All your mail, together in one place
Google has rolled out a useful new feature on their Drive platform.
Google Drive hosted photos have been accessible from Google+ Photos for a long time now. They are now making photos uploaded on Google+ Photos available on Drive.
To get started, just look for the new Photos menu in Drive for Android, iOS and the web. From there you’ll be able to manage your photos and videos alongside other types of files. For example, you can now add pictures of wedding venues and cakes to the same Drive folder as your guest list and budget. Google+ Photos will of course keep helping you store, edit and share your pics. But if you want to organize all your files, all in one place, Drive is here to help. You’ll start seeing your photos in Drive today—immediately if they’re new, and a few weeks for your entire library.
Google Drive Blog: Your photos and files, together in Drive
Google Chrome OS beta channel would soon get the second generation of Chrome Launcher.
The newer edition is simpler in design and is focused around search. It also comes with most of the functionalities of Google Now from Android and iOS devices.
You get your Now powered notifications and messages along with a search field to look for your apps.
As you know, I’m running Chrome OS on Dev Channel every day and this might…
Google has finally launched the much awaited Data Saver browser extension for Chrome web browser.
Google Data Saver process web content on Google servers and compress it for more efficient delivery on user’s machine. Basically this is Google’s version of Opera Turbo for desktop browsers. Google Chrome already comes with this feature inbuilt on Android and iOS devices.
The extension ignores secure content in addition to any browsing in incognito mode for privacy reasons.
If you browse a lot of web content on insecure HTTP connections, this could save you a couple of gigabytes of bandwidth every month!
The service is currently in beta.
Data Saver (Beta) – Chrome Web Store
Amazon has finally launched their own challenger in the consumer cloud storage market.
Amazon Cloud Drive takes on established players like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive.
The company has launched two incredibly well priced plans that are aimed at two different kinds of audience.
The cheaper plan costs USD 12 per year and offer unlimited storage for photos. There is a fixed 5GB storage space available for other files including videos.
The second plan costs USD 60 per year and comes with unlimited storage for any kind of media. This comes to around USD 5 per month. This is still cheaper than the unlimited tiers Google and Microsoft offer to businesses.
Amazon Cloud Drive
Update: Google has also added a feature to export notes to Google Docs!
Whether you’re jotting down a shopping list or putting ideas together for your…
Google is rolling out two new features on their Keep platform which should make power users happy.
Users can now finally add tags to their notes in Keep. Plus they can now set recurring reminders for those monthly bills and other tasks.
Google Keep – notes and lists – Android Apps on Google Play
LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever, is set to become the cornerstone of the world’s first global personal productivity solution – LibreOffice Online – following an announcement by IceWarp and Collabora of a joint development effort. LibreOffice is available as a native application for every desktop OS, and is currently under development for Android. In addition, it is available on virtual platforms for Chrome OS, Firefox OS and iOS.
“LibreOffice was born with the objective of leveraging the OpenOffice historic heritage to build a solid ecosystem capable of attracting those investments which are key for the further development of free software,” says Eliane Domingos de Sousa, Director of The Document Foundation. “Thanks to the increasing number of companies which are investing on the development of LibreOffice, we are on track to make it available on every platform, including the cloud. We are grateful to IceWarp for providing the resources for a further development of LibreOffice Online.”
Development of LibreOffice Online started back in 2011, with the availability of a proof of concept of the client front end, based on HTML5 technology. That proof of concept will be developed into a state of the art cloud application, which will become the free alternative to proprietary solutions such as Google Docs and Office 365, and the first to natively support the Open Document Format (ODF) standard.
“It is wonderful to marry IceWarp’s vision and investment with our passion and skills for LibreOffice development. It is always satisfying to work on something that, as a company, we have a need for ourselves,” says Michael Meeks, Vice President of Collabora Productivity, who developed the proof of concept back in 2011 and will oversee the development of LibreOffice Online.
The availability of LibreOffice Online will be communicated at a later stage.