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How to disable the Gmail app's annoying new Meet tab

How to disable the Gmail app's annoying new Meet tab

You may have noticed a new feature in your Gmail app recently. As video conferencing continues to be a pretty big deal during the ongoing pandemic, the Meet tab is Google's way of, erm, nudging users to try its Zoom competitor. Problem is, if you have no interest in using Google Meet, the additional tab is just a space-wasting eyesore. Want to get rid of it? Here's how.

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Terrible, space-wasting Google Meet integration is rolling out for Gmail on Android

Terrible, space-wasting Google Meet integration is rolling out for Gmail on Android

Gmail's rather obnoxious Google Meet integration began to roll out widely to users of the app today on Android, signaling that the space-wasting UI tweak is moving full steam ahead. Our devices have started receiving it, and it's just as annoying as you'd expect, eating a solid 10-20% of your Gmail inbox list UI depending on how long your display is. It's a blatant attempt to shoehorn Meet into an extremely popular Google app, as Google commits to offensive action in the videoconferencing wars.

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Google Chat, Meet, Gmail gain new security tools

Google Chat, Meet, Gmail gain new security tools

Google has put in place new security measures across Gmail, Chat, and Meet that will protect users from forgers, spammers, and rabble-rousers looking to disrupt their communications. Most of these changes will take effect for G Suite users first, though consumer Google accounts do have at least one takeaway as well.

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Leaked Gmail redesign outs plans to integrate Docs, Chat, and Meet

Leaked Gmail redesign outs plans to integrate Docs, Chat, and Meet

Google has only recently announced that it was integrating its video-conferencing service Meet with the Gmail app, a move that was met with some criticism. As it turns out, the introduction of the Meet tab was only the beginning of a transformation. Developer Tahin Rahman found slides from Google's upcoming Cloud Next '20 event that show how the company is looking to turn the Gmail app and website into a one-stop productivity hub, with Meet, Chat, Docs, and Rooms built right into the service.

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Gmail's spam filter has been repaired

Gmail's spam filter has been repaired

Spam filters are a thing we rely on every single day to protect us from an overwhelming amount of unwanted messages, but we rarely think about the technology behind them when everything works. When the algorithms do break, all hell breaks loose, as we suddenly realize how many emails get filtered regularly. That's an experience some Gmail users have been going through over the last few days, as Google's spam filters appear to have been on strike for them. Google confirmed the bug is now fixed.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Gmail on Android

The best free and open-source alternatives to Gmail on Android

There are a lot of reasons you might want to use an open source alternative to an app like Gmail. Privacy, security, and supporting open source development top the list, but the simple fact is that an app like Gmail, at the end of the day, needs to generate revenue for Google in order for the service to worth providing. It also has to serve a hugely diverse user base with tons of needs and expectations about email you may not have, where a simpler, more stripped down email experience would do just as well. Here are a few Gmail alternatives for Android that are totally free and open source.

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Google has declared open war against its videoconferencing rivals

Google has declared open war against its videoconferencing rivals

Today, Google announced that Google Meet—the company's young videoconferencing platform—would imminently be bundled into the Gmail applications for Android and iOS devices. It would receive front and center billing, and result in the Gmail app being bifurcated into two top level interfaces: Gmail and Google Meet. Gmail is one of the rare apps to enjoy a 5 billion-plus install count on the Play Store, meaning billions upon billions of Android devices worldwide will soon, by relation, have Google Meet as well (notably, Meet is still limited a few dozen large countries). There is now no doubt in my mind whatsoever: Google intends to win the videoconferencing war, and it intends to play dirty.

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Basecamp's radical new email app Hey is now available to try

Basecamp's radical new email app Hey is now available to try

We all know email sucks, but there's no easy answer as to how to fix it. Inbox by Gmail was promising, only to be cut down in its prime by the evil overlords at Google who just can't let us have nice things. Other clients like Spark can paper over some of the cracks, but to really solve the many problems you have to start from scratch. That's what the makers of popular project management tool Basecamp have done with Hey.

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How to start or join a Google Meet session from Gmail

How to start or join a Google Meet session from Gmail

Back in April, Google rebranded its Hangouts Meet service to Google Meet, and soon after made it available to everyone for free. To make it as easy as possible to start or connect to a Google Meet session, Google has baked the service directly into the web browser version of Gmail. Here's how to start using it today.

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Gmail gets a remarkably different compose button on Android (APK download)

Gmail gets a remarkably different compose button on Android (APK download)

A minor, but very noticeable change is hitting the Gmail app on Android. No, it's not the ability to mark emails as read from the notification — heaven forbid we get a useful feature like that! — but it's a new floating button for composing emails.

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