Ray Tomlinson invented the email in the 1960s. Electronic mail was transferred through local computer networks. These small local networks over time joined together to become the internet we all know and love. Many free email service providers came to fore over the years with Yahoo peeking in the 90s and 2000s. In 2004, Google launched what was to become the largest and most popular free email service provider in the world – Gmail. Currently, Gmail boasts a whopping 1.4 billion users worldwide and supports 72 languages.
Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
👍🏻 The good
- Non-gmail account support
- Smart reply feature
- Real-time notifications
- Undo sent email
👎🏻 The bad
- Takes lot of space
Users can access Gmail through a web browser and also through mobile apps on Android and iOS. Gmail initially provided 1 Gigabyte of storage space for free which was unheard of. That limit was gradually increased, and now Gmail offers 15 Gigabyte of storage space. Also, it has the capability of sending an email with a 50MB attachment. Additional storage is available for purchase. This can be bought directly from Google with the full amount integrated into Google Drive.
The first Gmail application was launched in 2006 for mobile devices.
Google expanded its functionality in 2014 allowing Gmail users to access other mail providers within Gmail. This further increased its practicality and convenience. Additionally, Gmail incorporates threading in their email. This allows you to stack conversations making it easier to access previous messages based on the subject.
What is a Gmail app?
An app or application is computer software created to perform tasks as the user intends it to. Applications can be downloaded online from an array of stores and installed in your device directly. Some apps are available for free while others cost money.
The Gmail app allows the user to sign into their Gmail account as they would on a browser. It is faster than a browser and offers prediction where it can find you what you’re looking for before you finish typing it in the search bar.
The Gmail app also comes equipped with gesture features. These allow you to swipe different areas of your screen to archive, mark read, delete, snooze or move your email to another folder.
The app also allows you to choose notification levels based on senders or priority. This lets you avoid receiving too many annoying notifications on your device. The latest Gmail apps also allow you to undo sent emails on your Gmail account.
The Gmail app is generally a user-friendly app that is efficient and safe to use. The notifications let you receive your messages instantly which is very efficient. You can read and respond even when offline.
Initially, Gmail was only accessible through web browsers. The first app for Gmail was developed and launched in 2006 for mobile devices. Since then, Google has launched applications for iOS to be used on iPhones and iPads and iPod touch.
There are, however, some third-party applications for different PC and mobile devices that offer Gmail services. Google launched a different app in 2014 called Inbox by Gmail that is available on iOS, Android and Windows. Inbox by Gmail was meant to help filter out the not so important emails and present you with only important ones. While the idea was interesting, it has not had a huge following, and Google is doing away with Inbox later this year.
- Undo send email feature – this feature allows you to recall a sent email within 30 seconds of sending it. It was introduced in 2015.
- Threaded Conversations – this feature groups emails based on subject. Unfortunately, some people don’t like this feature, and Google realized that and made sure you can turn it on and off.
- Smart Reply – this feature suggests short responses at the bottom of your email by analyzing the email that was sent to you.
- Merge inboxes – The Gmail app allows you to sign in with several different email addresses a time. While signed in with multiple emails, you can choose to view all the incoming emails from all the signed in emails a time by merging the inboxes.
- Respond to calendar events – the Gmail app has this feature where you can respond to calendar events without manually going to the calendar app.
Advantages of the Gmail App
- You can undo a sent email. This can save your day when you make mistakes on very sensitive emails. It can even help you avoid the embarrassment of sending a wrong email to the wrong person.
- The Gmail app allows you to sign into multiple accounts and switch between the accounts easily.
- You can sign in with non-Gmail addresses.
- You get real-time notifications whenever you receive a new email.
- On your mobile device, it acts as a storage for your phone contacts and will present the contacts on a new device immediately you sign into it.
- It has the gesture feature. You can swipe on your email to mark it as read, delete it, archive it, flag it or move it to a different folder. You can also disable the swipe feature.
- The Gmail app allows you to accept or reject calendar invitations without manually going to the calendar.
- Allows a threaded conversation view where emails from the same address are grouped. There is an option to set this feature off too.
- It offers the smart reply feature that suggests responses for you. There is an option to switch this feature off too.
Disadvantages of the Gmail App
- It takes a lot of space in your device.
- A malfunction of the app in android phones may cause other applications not to work well.
- It automatically syncs with other apps on the phone and uploads information that you might not want to be uploaded onto your Gmail account.
On a PC, Gmail is accessible on browsers such as Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and others. You can also access Gmail on the same browsers on mobile devices. However, the Gmail app has proven to be more effective and convenient for mobile devices. It is faster and allows you to sign in with different accounts including the non-Gmail accounts. Getting notifications whenever you receive a new email adds to the long lists of reasons why you should choose a Gmail app.