In a simple tweet, Sundar Pichai stirred up some excitement last month by revealing that Inbox would be rolling out to apps customers "imminently." A few days later, Google invited apps administrators to indicate interest by shooting an email to [email protected] Soon after that, surveys began going out to interested admins, and today it looks like some apps customers have been granted access to Inbox for their apps accounts.
The apparent rollout coincides with an update to Inbox 1.4 (which you can of course find over at APK Mirror). While Google doesn't seem to have officially acknowledged the rollout (or emailed many apps admins with the news) we've received severalconfirmations, and as it turns out Android Police is among the apps domains with newly-granted access.
In its bid to walk further and further away from Google in its own Android OS, Cyanogen announced a recent partnership with Boxer, the third-party email app. As of Cyanogen OS 12, which will be available in the coming weeks as an update to the OnePlus One and YU Yureka (and will launch on future devices), Boxer will come installed out of the box as the default email client.
The collaboration with Boxer comes hot on the heels of Cyanogen's rebrand and Qualcomm partnership, and will provide users with all of the benefits of Boxer's premium service, including multiple accounts (Gmail, Outlook, Yahoo!
Anyone who has used Android and Google services long enough will probably notice how much junk has accumulated in their contacts. There's a new version of Google Contacts in the works to fix that, and you can try a preview of it right now. Unless you have a Google Apps account. Duh.
When Google launched Inbox last year, it was offered exclusively to users who received an invite to their personal Gmail account. Google Apps for Business (or Education) users weren't allowed in on the fun, which seemed rather weird but understandable. After all, the new email organization and interaction paradigm was built with productivity in mind, and business users are the ones that would benefit the most from that. However, since this was an entirely new app and system, it was judicious of Google to test it out with a less demanding crowd first.
Sundar Pichai shared on Twitter that this discrimination against Google Apps users is going to be stopped, "imminently." After expanding to both the iPad and several browsers beyond Chrome, Inbox will soon be available to Apps accounts (presumably, also pending the reception of an invite).
Over a year after quietly introducing the feature in the USA, Google has added the ability to send money through Gmail in the United Kingdom. While Google likes to emphasize the fact that you're sending the money through Gmail, it's really done via Google Wallet. The main benefit is that you can embed the send/receive request within an email message and Google will do the heavy lifting for you in terms of enticing the recipient to sign up for a Wallet account, if necessary.
Sending is fairly easy if you already have a Wallet account. Attach the "money" just like you would a file.
In an update to Gmail's web interface, Google has added support for attaching files stored in Drive to your emails like conventional attachments. Before, you had no choice but to share Drive files as links or upload them yourself. This is especially useful when sharing files to people who aren't using Gmail and therefore don't enjoy the smooth integration with Drive that Gmail has. For those worried that Google would abandon Gmail with the recent focus on Inbox, this is encouraging news. Gmail continues to refine its already stellar web functionality.
In case you missed it, three members of the team responsible for Inbox by Gmail including Vijay U, Jason C, and Taylor K (Product Manager, Designer, and Software Engineer respectively) answered questions in a Reddit AMA thread today.
Those who want to get a full look at the entire thread can click through the source link below, but in the interest of saving you some time, we've looked through the team's responses to gather up answers to the more popular questions.
In general, the Inbox team expressed interest in eventually bringing many of Gmail's existing features to Inbox, with some either under discussion or already in active development.
Google's office suite in the cloud can handle a number of Microsoft's Office formats, a necessity born from the sheer entrenchment of the competition. The search giant isn't bitter though. Rather than shun the task of working with the various file types out there, it has added support for converting 15 more. The list includes less common formats spread across Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
Newly supported Microsoft Office formats:
dot, dotx, dotm, docm
xlt, xltx, xltm, xlsm
pot, potx, potm, pptm, pps, ppsx, ppsm
After converting the documents, you're free to edit them as you would any other.
Google has been rolling Inbox invites out at a somewhat brisk pace, but if you find yourself still waiting, there's a surefire way to get one today. Just send an email to [email protected] between 3 and 4PM PT today and you'll have your invite by 5PM.
The changes here are predominantly bug fixes, but there is at least one user-facing tweak. Gmail has traditionally displayed an image in the background whenever you load up an empty folder. The last build we shared didn't show that picture. Now Gmail does again.
We don't have an updated Exchange APK to go with this release, so I'm going to have to point you back to the aforementioned post for that.