Gmail's right sidebar makes it easy to access information at a glance. You can view your calendar, your tasks, or your notes right next to your emails, allowing you to cross-reference information and avoid appointment conflicts. And now Google has announced a new addition to the sidebar: Contacts. Once it rolls out to you over the next two weeks, you'll be able to view all of a contact's details neatly organized next to their messages.
The new Google Pay app is now official, together with Google's upcoming Plex banking. But in case you missed it, the new app has one killer new feature: The ability to search through Google Photos and Gmail for receipts. That means, rather than being limited to transactions that appear in your Plaid-tied bank account, you can search even more granularly for specific purchases, down to keywords tied to a single item that may have appeared on a receipt, and pull up those details all together at once. Itemizing deductions for 2020 is going to be a whole lot easier.
Workspaces with Google Chat have had to ride along as this fairly new service slowly got its bearings with basic features and integrations. We've come to another couple of waypoints here: users will be able to pin Chat threads to the top of their Gmail view and schedule Google Calendar events right from the app.
Google Chat may not be popular among general consumers, but it does have more use in enterprise settings, especially since G Suite admins picked up the ability to migrate to it from Hangouts earlier this year. It's a small quality of live improvement, but for teams using Google Chat, you can now set your status to away directly from Gmail.
Almost everybody uses essential Google apps like Gmail and YouTube, but not everyone has access to a high-end smartphone with top-of-the-line specs. To account for this, Google started creating "Go" versions of popular apps that are optimized to run on devices with less RAM and processing power. While a few of these apps are restricted to users with budget devices, Google decided that all Android users should be able to try out Gmail Go for themselves — at least for about 24 hours.
As part of its announcement of G Suite's rebranding to Google Workspace, Google introduced a new visual identity and five redesigned icons for some of its popular services: Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet. The icons, as you can see them above, are similar to what we've come to expect from Google — and perhaps a little too similar at that.
If you are having trouble loading Gmail or a YouTube video tonight, you aren't alone. A whole ton of Google services were having problems. Google Drive, Hangouts, Stadia, the Play Store, and even Nest were all affected, though reports indicate the issue has since resolved.