It has been possible to send money via Gmail on the web; now the process gets a mobile touch-up with the latest update to Gmail for Android.
Now, according to the Google Play changelog, it is possible to send money to recipients in the app. To get the option, one need only tap the attachment symbol when composing an email, and then selecting “Send money” from the options.
Google Wallet is invoked, and one can get the money to the folks that need it after the amount is entered. One can also tack on a note if so desired.
As such, it seems as though Google Wallet setup is needed, but it might be a small price to pay for the convenience for some folks.
In one fell swoop, Inbox is getting more functional and more intertwined with other Google services courtesy of an update announced today.
Starting today, you’ll discover three new experiences in Inboxâ€”streamlined events, glanceable newsletters and saved linksâ€”that help you better keep track of things that matter to you and feel more in control.
Keep up with Google Calendar events
Events can be hard to keep track of in your inbox because detailsâ€”and peopleâ€™s plansâ€”may change. Inbox now gathers emails from a single event together and shows you what’s changed at a glance. When you tap on an event, you’ll see a comprehensive overview, all in one place.
Stay on top of your favorite email newsletters
Similarly, itâ€™s now easier to preview the newsletters you read often and click through to the articles that interest you most. And once you’ve taken a look at the latest, newsletters will minimize to save space in the inbox.
Store links to remember with “Save to Inbox”
Lastly, your inbox is much more than just the emails sent to you. Chances are you’ve emailed yourself a link or two (or three)â€”to an article you want to read later or a recipe you want to try. Now instead of sending yourself a bunch of separate emails, try the new “Save to Inbox” feature to easily save links for later.
Simply share the link to Inbox on Android or iOS, or use the new Inbox by Gmail Chrome extension on web. When you check your email, you’ll see your saved links grouped together in one place.
In its quest to be a better email client, Gmail for Android recently started rolling out a new feature: the ability for folks that use other clients to use said clients and get some pertinent features available to Gmail users.
This new feature — the ability to “Gmailify” an external email account — is specifically geared towards Hotmail and Yahoo Mail, and opens up things like spam protection, Google Now and more.
We agree. So starting today, if you use Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail/Outlook.com, you now have the option to Gmailify your inbox.
Gmailify links your existing account to Gmail so that you get all the bells and whistlesâ€”spam protection, inbox organization and even Google Now cards based on your mailâ€”without having to leave your current address behind.
All one needs to to get it going is to sign into the account in one’s Gmail, and then activate the Gmailify feature. And yes, if one doesn’t like it, one can unlink the email.
The update is rolling out now; Gmail remains free on the Play Store.
Starting today, Inbox includes a number of improvements to help you find answers even faster.
Answers at a glance
Now when you’re searching for a frequent flyer number or shipping status (for example), Inbox will show it at the top of search resultsâ€“no more digging through individual emails to find what you’re looking for.
Get addresses, phone numbers, membership numbers, flights, events, bills, package tracking and more in seconds.
Streamlined search results
Underneath any quick answers, you’ll see a “Top results” section that orders emails by relevance. Below that is all the email results, ordered by date, but chances are you won’t have to look here often.
You’ve told us how much you love that Trip Bundles summarize all of the important info about your trip. So, starting this week, you’ll be able to share those summaries with friends and family with one tap.
You can also add emails to a trip (a top feature request!) using the Move to… menu, and view trips offlineâ€”perfect for when you’re on a plane or using spotty WiFi.
While you’re traveling, you might end up taking a lot of photos. Improved mobile attachments give you quick access to your recent photos, and let you attach multiple photos at once.
We hear the new stuff will be rolling out over the next week; Inbox remains free on Google Play.
Google Calendar is getting smarter by way of a new build that is available now.
According the Official Gmail Blog, folks will be able to incorporate to-dos into their mobile workflows in a new way, and the really cool aspect is that the method integrates across Gmail, the aforementioned Google Calendar and Google Keep.
Excerpts from the post:
Now there’s a single way to manage your day: starting this week, you can create Reminders in Google Calendar to keep track of your to-dos alongside your scheduled events.
Reminders stick around
You might already create calendar entries to remind you to call the doctor or pick up groceries on the way home. But while those entries come and go, Reminders stick with you over time so you can track them until they are actually done. If a Reminder isn’t completed, it will appear at the top of your Calendar the next day. And the next. When you do finally call the doctor or pick up those necessities, just swipe the Reminder away … and you’re onto the next to-do.
Reminders help with the details
Another way Reminders are more useful than events is that Calendar adds things like phone numbers and addresses automatically. So if you add a Reminder to make a call or run an errand, the number or address will be right there when you need it. Just like Inbox by Gmail, Calendar uses information from your contacts, as well as Google’s knowledge graph to provide this extra bit of help.
Google Calendar, Keep and Gmail are all free on Google Play.
The Android Gmail app is getting two new features that are slated to help users better control their email inboxes.
Wouldnâ€™t it be nice if your concert ticket appeared at the top of your inbox just before the event started, or your hotel confirmation came back right before you needed to check in?
Starting today, Snooze in Inbox is getting a bit more convenientâ€”when you snooze an email that has dates and times (like event confirmations or shipping notifications), youâ€™ll get a one-tap option to snooze to exactly the right time, like the day of your concert or the morning your package will arrive.
You’ll see these new Snooze options on most of these types of emails:
Package tracking updates
Restaurant and event reservations
Rental car reservations
So next time, try snoozing that email to the day before the event. Then sit back and relax, knowing your email will come back at just the right time.