Google now has a way for Android device owners to check incoming messages from all their different e-mail accounts in one place. Its solution lies with an update that lets users manage multiple e-mail addresses -- Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook and any other IMAP or POP accounts -- all through their Google Gmail accounts.
Rolling out starting Tuesday and over the next few days, the new app for Gmail will be available via the Google Play Store. The update will let users choose an "All Inboxes" option to view incoming messages from multiple accounts through a single interface on their Android Gmail app.
Another new feature, conversation view, will make it possible to see an at-a-glance thread of all the messages exchanged during a single back-and-forth e-mail discussion. The updated Gmail app will also provide an improved auto-complete function for easier, faster searching of e-mail messages.
Easier E-mail Viewing on the Go
People maintain multiple e-mail addresses for a variety of reasons, noted Software Engineer Régis Décamps on Google's Official Gmail blog. Some people, for example, might use one address for managing their businesses and a different address for communicating with family members. Students, too, might use several other addresses in addition to their primary school accounts to communicate with members of a campus organization or stay in touch with readers of their blogs.
"However many e-mail addresses you have, today's improvements to the Gmail app for Android make it easy to manage all your mail from all your accounts (yes, even @yahoo and @outlook) while you're on the go," Décamps said. The "All Inboxes" option, for instance, lets users read and respond to messages without having to hop between accounts, he noted.
The update also gives non-Gmail accounts the same threaded-conversation treatment currently available to Gmail users, making it possible to view a "neatly stacked" stream of e-mails from any one conversation in a single image to the side of the incoming e-mail column. Décamps said the conversation view feature is a favorite of Gmail users "because they keep your messages organized and give you all the context you need to reply to those long e-mail threads."
Other new features in the new Gmail include larger preview images of attachments, the ability to save documents to Google Drive with a single tap and more responsive animations, like when you open and close a conversation, Décamps said.
122 Business E-mails a Day
While Google aims to help Android Gmail users be more productive by giving them an all-in-one view of their many e-mail accounts, other organizations are finding different solutions to the steady proliferation of messages in our daily inboxes.
A recent story by the BBC, for example, said that some companies have actually banned the use of e-mail to "help employees maintain work-life balance and boost their productivity." After-hours and weekend e-mails can be especially disruptive, the article noted.
That finding was borne out by a recent study from the Department of Management at the University of Texas-Arlington's College of Business. Published in the Academy of Management Journal, the study found that people became angry when receiving after-hours e-mails from work, whether or not they were interested in knowing what was going on at the office.
The typical corporate user in 2015 is likely to send or receive around 122 business e-mails every day, according to the most recent e-mail statistics report from the technology market research firm The Radicati Group. Although the rising use of instant messaging is slowing the growth of e-mail volumes, that number is still expected to increase to 126 e-mails a day by 2019.
Posted: 2015-04-02 @ 7:44am PT
@Dev Patel: really? I am not sure professionals and commercial people will want Google to peep into their emails. I, for instance, prefer software that does not leak my contacts and correspondents to an advertisers that will sell the gleaned information in a bidding auction. Before I even consider Gmail, Google needs to get its act straight: it is either brillant technology company or greedy advertisment company. Can't be both.
Posted: 2015-03-31 @ 10:19pm PT
It's a really good news....This will be helpful for commercial people as well as professionals.