Google Give us New Look of Gmail

A new and different looking for Gmail is now landing in users’ inboxes. The Gmail redesign, news of which leaked a couple weeks ago, is rolling out now, according to the Official Gmail Blog. Over the next few days, a “Switch to the new look” link will appear in the bottom-right corner of Gmail. All users will get the redesign soon after, regardless of whether they click the link.

Here’s a refresher on what’s new with Gmail:

New design :

New Design of Gmail
Gmail now takes on a similar look to Google+ and other products that have received the redesign treatment. Buttons are a light gray with sharp edges, and a big red “Compose Mail” button adds a tough of color to the interface. If you were using the “Preview” or “Preview (Dense)” themes in Gmail already, the new design should look familiar. But now, you can control the density of information by clicking the gear icon near the top-right side of the screen.

Navigation changes :

Labels and chat contacts now stay in view at all times. You can also customize the left navigation panel to show more more labels and less chat contacts, or vice versa.

New conversation view :

Conversation View in New Gmail
Gmail no longer assigns arbitrary colors to the names of each person in a conversation. Instead, each message includes profile picture. For every previously-read message, the sender and a snippet of text are now separated onto two lines, instead of being mashed into one.

Slicker search :

New Slicker Search in Gmail
A dropdown button in the search box now brings up advanced options such as searching by sender, recipient, subject and keywords. This streamlined search box takes the place of the “show search options” link in the old design.

HD Themes :

HD Themes in Gmail
Theme images are no longer blocked off by sidebars and other navigation panels. Images now extend across the whole screen, and Google is adding a new set of HD theme images from iStockphoto.

More Ads :

Google doesn’t mention this in its blog post, but the overview video for Gmail’s new look shows ads in a couple new places. While viewing the main inbox, a text-based ad appears on top, and when viewing individual e-mails, the ad moves down below. The new Gmail ads look a bit like the optional “Web Clips” that users can add to Gmail, but these are different, because you can’t scroll through them for editorial content.

New Version of Gmail Coming Soon

New Gmail Coming Soon

A new version of Gmail featuring a revamped look, redesigned conversation threads and improved search is slated for pending released, according to an official video that was mistakenly posted to Google’s YouTube channel.

Jason Cornwell, user experience designer for Gmail, unveils the new version in the video. The Google Operating System blog spotted the video and it has since been made private — but not before YouTube user crlsndrsjmnz had time to repost it.

“Oops, you weren’t supposed to see that,” Gmail representative Andrea Freund tells Mashable. “Stay tuned, we’ll be sharing more info on Gmail’s new look soon.”

But, back to what’s new. “We’ve been hard at work to update Gmail with a new look,” Cornwell shares in the video. “We’ve completely redesigned the look and feel of Gmail to make it as clean, simple and intuitive as possible.”

Here’s some of what you can expect: Gmail will expand dynamically to accommodate any window size; users can adjust the size of label and chat areas; themes will include high-definition imagery; conversations — a.k.a. email threads — have been redesigned for readability and will include profile pictures (conversations look like more status updates); and search has been made more user-friendly, which means regular users can stop worrying about using Gmail search operators and simply input text into fields to find email messages.

This strikes us as the most dramatic change to Gmail since its debut, and likely marks a concerted attempt by Google to modernize and simplify the Gmail interface for the mainstream email user.

Gmail’s makeover has been several months in the making. In late June, Google released the “Preview” Gmail theme as a sneak peek of things to come.

Using Gmail, Calendar and Docs Without An Internet Connection – Latest News

Cross Posted From The Gmail Blog

The great thing about web apps is that you can access all of your information on the go, and they’ve introduced ways to use Google Apps on a variety of devices like mobile phones and tablets. But it’s inevitable that you’ll occasionally find yourself in situations when you don’t have an Internet connection, like planes, trains and carpools. When they announced Chromebooks at Google I/O 2011, they talked about bringing offline access to our web apps, and now they’re taking our first steps in that direction. Gmail offline will be available today, and offline for Google Calendar and Google Docs will be rolling out over the next week, starting today.

Using Gmail, Calendar and Docs Without An Internet Connection - Latest News

Gmail Snooze With Apps Script

( Cross Posted From The Gmail Blog )
Editor’s Note: For a more technical description, see the Google Apps Developer Blog
At Google, we all use email very heavily — for communicating with other Googlers, for task management, and to mail around funny pictures of kittens. Because of the volume of email we all deal with, a lot of Googlers subscribe to the “inbox zero” philosophy where we try to keep our inboxes empty except for the messages we currently need to deal with.
What is Gmail Snooze?

One feature that some of us really wanted was for Gmail to let you “snooze” an email. Snoozing means archiving an email for now, but having it automatically reappear in the inbox at some specified time in the future. With Apps Script you can extend Gmail to add this functionality and a lot more yourself.

How to set it up
Even if you don’t know how to write a script, it’s pretty simple. Go to Google Docs and create a new spreadsheet, then choose “Script Editor” from the “Tools” menu. Paste in the following code:

var MARK_UNREAD = false;
var ADD_UNSNOOZED_LABEL = false;

function getLabelName(i) {
return "Snooze/Snooze " + i + " days";
}

function setup() {
// Create the labels we’ll need for snoozing
GmailApp.createLabel("Snooze");
for (var i = 1; i <= 7; ++i) {
GmailApp.createLabel(getLabelName(i));
}
if (ADD_UNSNOOZED_LABEL) {
GmailApp.createLabel("Unsnoozed");
}
}

function moveSnoozes() {
var oldLabel, newLabel, page;
for (var i = 1; i <= 7; ++i) {
newLabel = oldLabel;
oldLabel = GmailApp.getUserLabelByName(getLabelName(i));
page = null;
// Get threads in "pages" of 100 at a time
while(!page || page.length == 100) {
page = oldLabel.getThreads(0, 100);
if (page.length > 0) {
if (newLabel) {
// Move the threads into "today’s" label
newLabel.addToThreads(page);
} else {
// Unless it’s time to unsnooze it
GmailApp.moveThreadsToInbox(page);
if (MARK_UNREAD) {
GmailApp.markThreadsUnread(page);
}
if (ADD_UNSNOOZED_LABEL) {
GmailApp.getUserLabelByName("Unsnoozed")
.addToThreads(page);
}
}
// Move the threads out of "yesterday’s" label
oldLabel.removeFromThreads(page);
}
}
}
}

Then click the “Save” button and give it a name. In the dropdown labeled “Select a function to run,” choose “setup” and click the blue run arrow to the left of it. This will ask you to authorize the script, and will create the necessary labels in your Gmail. Then go to the “Triggers” menu and choose “current script’s triggers.” Click the link to set up a new trigger, choosing the “moveSnoozes” function, a “time-driven” event, “day timer,” and then “midnight to 1am.” Click save and you’re done.
Using the Snooze Label in Gmail
To “snooze” a thread, use Gmail’s “Move To” button to move the thread into the “Snooze for X days” label and archive it. Every night, threads will move up through one day of the queue, and at the appointed number of days they will reappear in your inbox, unarchived.
Because this is an Apps Script, you can edit the code any way you like. If you’d like different snooze times or for unsnoozed messages to get starred, you can easily change the code. And if you have an even better idea for how to use Apps Script to improve Gmail, you can post it to our Gallery (Script Editor > Share > Publish Project) to share with the world.
 

Offline Gmail is Dead for Google Chrome

Google declared the status of offline Gmail service as stopped for at least Google Chrome browser. It is because Google officially stopped usage of Gears in Chrome and offline Gmail feature was based on Gears. Gears, a browser plug-in had been using to provide offline gmail service. Gears store necessary data in user computer while there is no Internet access. When the computer get Internet access, Gears restore the connection with Gmail server and synchronize the user computer and gmail server. Thus user could use Gmail even though there is no Internet connection. However, Google stops its support for Gears and so the offline Gmail service based on Gears is also stopped for Google Chrome. May 24 was the last day where Google Chrome supported offline Gmail.
Offline Gmail is Dead for Google Chrome

Users of Firefox 3.6 and Internet Explorer 8 can still use offline Gmail feature because these two browsers support Gears. If users update their browser (Internet Explorer and Firefox) to the latest versions, offline Gmail service will be discontinued. Google is not abandoning the idea of offline Gmail. They will restart the offline Gmail service at this summer with new technology.

Gmail SMS Chat Supported Mobile Operators

Below is a list of supported mobile operators for SMS Chat in Gmail

  • Ghana
    Airtel
    MTN
    Tigo

  • Indonesia
    Indosat
    Telkomsel

  • Israel
    orange
    Pelephone

  • Jordan
    Zain

  • Kenya
    Airtel
    orange
    Safaricom

  • Liberia
    Cellcom

  • Malawi
    Airtel
    TNM

  • Mozambique
    Vodacom

  • Nigeria
    Glo
    Starcomms

  • Palestinian Territories
    Jawwal
    Wataniya Mobile

  • Philippines
    SMART
    Sun Cellular

  • Saudi Arabia
    STC

  • Senegal
    orange
    Tigo

  • Tanzania
    Vodacom

  • Tunisia
    Tunisiana

  • Uganda
    Orange
    MTN
    Uganda Telecom

  • United States
    All operators

  • Zambia
    Airtel
    MTN
If you are a mobile operator, and wish to integrate with the SMS feature of Gmail, please drop them a note to: mobile-operators-gmail-sms-integration@google.com

How to Receiving or Block SMS from Gmail ?

For Receiving
Gmail users can send SMS messages to their contacts through Gmail Chat. To write back, reply to the message as you would any other text message, and your message appears as a Chat message in your friend’s Gmail account.

How can I start sending SMS messages from Gmail?

Anyone with a Gmail account can send SMS messages to their contacts in certain countries through Gmail Chat. To start texting, turn on the Text Messaging (SMS) in Chat labs feature in the Labs tab of your Gmail account settings. Once the lab is enabled, you can send text messages to your friends’ phones.

If you don’t have a Gmail account, you can create an account at http://mail.google.com/mail/signup.
 
For Blocking
If you receive an unwanted SMS message from Gmail Chat, you can block future messages from the sender. Just reply to the message with the word ‘BLOCK’. If you change your mind about that sender, you can send a message with the phrase ‘UNBLOCK’ to the phone number from which the message was sent (the SMS messages sent from Gmail Chat have their own number associated with the sender’s email account).

If you send the command ‘STOP,’ you’ll block all SMS messages from Gmail accounts.