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Android 12 emoji updates fix some obvious pain points

Android 12 emoji updates fix some obvious pain points

Today we're taking a peek at a bunch of newly renovated emoji delivered with Android 12. Google made a set of emoji ready for all platforms in their collection, including but not limited to apps like Gmail and YouTube, as well as operating systems like Android and Chrome OS. The first and most clear change came with the "motorway" emoji, which now no longer has yellow lines on BOTH sides of the motorway - because that does not make sense.

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Gmail can now save photo attachments to Google Photos directly

Gmail can now save photo attachments to Google Photos directly

There are many ways to share photos these days and most use social media for that purpose. Of course, those are mostly public by default and harder to control, and some resort to just sharing links to their online photo storage in private. Still, others go old-school and send photos by email. That can be a hassle for recipients if they end up having to upload images to Google Photos anyway but, fortunately, Google has finally heard the cries of Gmail users or at least some of them.

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Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs are down or have issues [Update: They’re back]

Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs are down or have issues [Update: They’re back]

This morning a variety of Google services had a bit of a kerfuffle. Status for Google Drive, Google Dogs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Classroom were marked by Google as having a "Service Outage." Per the Google Workspace Status Dashboard, it was only these services that were having a full "outage." However, a significant number of Gmail users reported issues starting at around 8AM central time.

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Your old Google account may be deleted if it’s too full or inactive

Your old Google account may be deleted if it’s too full or inactive

This week Google sent notifications to users about policy changes that'd be going into effect in the year 2021. These changes affect users of all Google services, including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, and the rest. If you're the sort of person who works with a Google One membership, you've got little or nothing to worry about. If you've been using Google services for a long time and never thought to delete an old email, you're going to need to pay attention.

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Gmail wants permission to make your email more useful

Gmail wants permission to make your email more useful

Prompted by the droves of people working from home, Google has spent much of 2020 rolling out some new features for Gmail. We've seen things like a new quick settings menu and even a unifying redesign for Gmail and Google's other apps, but today, users are getting a rather important new feature that allows them to quickly determine whether or not they want smart settings and personalization within Gmail turned on.

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Do we depend too much on “free” big tech services?

Do we depend too much on “free” big tech services?

In the tech services world year it became clear that the free ride is over. We're talking about everything from email to music streaming, photos to files. That which seemed too good to be true was indeed too good to be free. Now is the point at which you'll do well to consider which services you cannot do without, and which services you should end - before they start burning a hole in your pocket.

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Google cloud storage update – use it or lose it

Google cloud storage update – use it or lose it

Google reminded us again of the terrible, inevitable truth of cloud storage and services. You cannot depend on any one company to hold your data forever. Allowing your photos and videos and whatever other files you've got resting in Google's servers, be it in Google Drive, Google Photos, or even Gmail - Google holds the keys. Google made the case for downloading and/or keeping your files to yourself multiple times over the past year - now's the time to exit.

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Gmail Go general availability was sadly just a fluke

Gmail Go general availability was sadly just a fluke

Google has created a suite of "lite" apps that are designed for its Android Go special configuration for more resource-constrained phones. Everyone, however, could probably do with such lightweight alternatives to Google's core apps, presuming they're also willing to live with the compromises. Google has, fortunately, made some of those apps available outside of Android Go phones and, for at least a day, it seemed that Gmail Go would become one of those. Unfortunately, that joy was short-lived and Google has pulled out the plug on the app's accidental availability.

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G Suite rebrands as Google Workspace goes toe-to-toe with Office

G Suite rebrands as Google Workspace goes toe-to-toe with Office

G Suite is going through some big changes today, with Google changing the service's name to Google Workspace. It appears that this change is being made to give a deeper sense of integration among Google's various productivity apps, and to put it in a better position to challenge Microsoft Office. With more people working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the change is coming at a good time to.

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Now you can set Gmail as your iPhone default email

Now you can set Gmail as your iPhone default email

If you're a Gmail user on iOS, then today is an exciting day. Google has pushed an update to the iOS version of Gmail with some exciting patch notes: Gmail can now be set as your default email app. It seems strange that it's taken until iOS 14 for this feature to roll out, but as the saying goes: better late than never.

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Gmail logo change drops the envelope

Gmail logo change drops the envelope

There's a new Google logo in the works right now, looking a lot like it's about to drop a key element. We're on the edge of the world now, looking over into the future. This is a future where Google's finally prepared to forget the past in which email is just an electronic version of paper mail. Now, as the envelope is removed entirely, just the M remains.

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Gmail “BIMI” verified brand logos soon: Like blue checks for email

Gmail “BIMI” verified brand logos soon: Like blue checks for email

This week Google revealed that Gmail will soon get verified brand logos to increase trust in the platform. Google's announcement appeared during Cloud Next '20: OnAir, during Productivity & Collaboration week in general. This system would bring a "brand logo" next to the standard avatar space in the top-left corner of an email message.

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