Google Localization senior project manager Ian Hill announced that Gmail has added 13 new languages, which includes Afrikaans, Armenian, Azerbaijani (Azeri), Chinese (Hong Kong), French (Canada), Galician, Georgian, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Nepali, Sinhala, and Zulu. Gmail is already available in 58 languages, bringing the total to 71. These languages cover 94% of the world’s Internet population.
At the I/O developer conference, Google announced the launch of a new Gmail API. Eric DeFriez, the technical lead for the API, said that the IMAP standard worked well for connecting Gmail to e-mail services. However, it wasn’t designed for “all of the cool things” that developers want to do with the service. The new API has granular permissions like send-only. It also lets developers keep track of changes to the inbox. The API also has significant speed improvements.
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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) exec Sundar Pichai has announced that the Gmail app for Android has passed the 1 billion download mark. The app surpassed the 1 billion range a couple of days ago. Gmail is the first app to cross the milestone if you don’t count the Google Play services app.
Google is testing a new design for Gmail.com as displayed in the leaked screenshot above from Geek.com. You will notice that the new version of Gmail would have less clutter and would focus more on e-mail itself. It appears that “stars” have been renamed to “pins” and the inbox has a “snooze” feature. Gmail has not launched a major redesign since 2011. It is unknown if this design will see the light of day or when it would be rolled out.
Google has added a feature on Gmail that makes it easier for people that back up photos from their smartphone and tablets on Google+ to share through e-mail. You can insert pictures and photos directly into e-mail, resize them with the message, and share them with friends and family. You would need to grab the photos that are pulled through the Auto Backup feature on Google+.
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Michael Arrington (pictured above), the founder of TechCrunch and Crunchfund, wrote a personal blog post earlier this week that said he believed Google spied on his Gmail account after breaking a major story about the search giant. Google directly responded to Arrington’s blog post.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has announced that it has improved its encryption for Gmail in order to protect customers from potential spying. The National Security Agency (NSA) has widely criticized for tapping into the communications at various technology companies as revealed by leaked documents by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Gmail will use “an encrypted HTTPS connection” whenever someone checks their mail.
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has won a case that involves e-mail privacy. A U.S. judge has decided not to combine several lawsuits that accuses Google of violating privacy rights of hundreds of millions of e-mail users into a single class action lawsuit. On Tuesday evening, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California said that the plaintiffs’ claims were too dissimilar to combine them into a single lawsuit. Gmail service users accused Google of violating federal and state privacy and wiretapping laws by scanning their messages in order to compile secret account profiles and enable them to receive targeted ads. There were claims raised on behalf of students at schools that use Gmail and people that do not use Gmail, but communicates with people that do.