Google may well be best known for its search engine, but the company has plenty of strings to its bow including Gmail - the free email service that has exploded in popularity over the past few years. As with many other online services, there is a mobile version of the Gmail website that you can use to access your inbox from your phone or tablet, so why would you want to use an app?
The recent update to Gmail — both its Android app and the website — means that this seems like a good time to take a closer look at Google’s email service. This is something I use daily, and have done for years. There are aspects I love, aspects I hate, but I think it’s continuing to make moves in the right direction.
Many of us have devices that run on different operating systems, for example a work iPhone and a personal Android device. Looking at my specific case, I use a Samsung Galaxy Note II as my everyday phone and recently bought an iPad mini, which led me to explore ways of keeping the two in perfect sync.
In an always-connected world, it’s relevant for the two devices to communicate with each other and share data. Most importantly, having your emails, contacts and calendars synchronize from one device to the other is essential. This process should be seamless and transparent to you, so that all your content can be updated on both devices with no hassle. That’s what I will explore in the first part of this series.
One of my favorite parts about Gmail is all of the cool Labs features it has: the Send & Archive Button, Reply to All by default, Google Docs Previews, Canned Responses, and more. The problem, however, is that most (or none) of these are available on Android. Recently, app developer Apndroid decided to fix one of these issues by releasing a beta version of their app, Gmail Canned Responses, which brings Canned Responses to Android.
This app is clearly labeled as a development version but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look at it! Let’s see how it’s coming along so far.
These apps are not just ones that I found within the last week. These are apps that I’ve been using every day for months. Some are for the average user, some require a special demographic, but all in all they’re apps that I can’t do without.