For Gmail users, 2018 has been a year of big changes and updates. We have already seen many changes in the user interface with many added features and also some major security updates. This post is a complete Gmail 2018 Update guide. Here, we will tell you about all the interesting upgrades and improvements that have been incorporated to the Gmail very recently.
Gmail 2018 Update
First of all, before we tell you anything about the Gmail 2018 update, it would be better if you get the latest version of Gmail. Having a hands-on experience with the latest Gmail 2018 update will help you better understand the changes we are talking about. To experience the latest Gmail version, follow these steps:
- Sign in to your Gmail account
- Go to the Settings
- Click on ‘Try New Gmail’
And there you are! Try out the new layout and better get used to it. If you don’t like the layout, you can go back to the classic version through the same ‘Settings’ tab. However, be informed that the option to roll back to the classic version may not be available anymore because once Google is ready to roll out the latest version, the classic version will automatically wind up.
New Features in Gmail Update 2018
There are a couple of small yet very exciting new additions to the Gmail in the Gmail update 2018. The first one is ‘Snoozing’ which makes the emails disappear to make the inbox less messy. The hidden emails than appear again later when their time comes.
Although this feature has been available to the email service users through third-party applications, having it through Gmail directly will be a different experience for sure. The feature will be available soon on the Gmail apps for Android and iOS devices in addition to the Gmail site itself.
Another important addition to the list of features is ‘Nudging’. This feature highlights the emails and allows the users to remember the important emails which need to be addressed very soon. This feature is all about the strength of Artificial Intelligence in the Google algorithm. Google automatically sorts out the emails that it thinks need to be read and replied to soon. This is a very useful feature for all of us who are very lazy to remember important dates, tasks, and deadlines.
This is another great feature that uses AI technology to enhance the user experience in Gmail. As the name suggests, you will have lesser number of notifications and prompts from your Gmail app. Having said that, you will not miss some of the important emails that you need to see now. Google will sense the urgent/important emails and will notify you first hand. It will remain silent, however, for less important emails.
The smart reply is an exciting feature that we first saw in the Google Inbox. This feature is making its way to the mainstream Gmail app. In this features, automatic replies are generated on the basis of the content of the email that you receive. With the help of this feature, users save a lot of their useful time they waste otherwise in typing simple sentences such as thanks, received, etc.
Unsubscribing the emails was once a challenging task; not anymore. Gmail now prompts the users to unsubscribe. This prompt is a great help for those users who want to unsubscribe but cannot find the unsubscribe button anywhere in the mail body. This prompt feature also saves the users from logging into third-party sites to unsubscribe from their email service.
It is still unclear how this will work but we might just send emails while we are offline. Although Google Docs works offline with the help of a browser extension, we know that Gmail is different in how it operates. Gmail offline has been always been on the cards and let us see how it goes when this feature rolls out in real.
Security has been a growing challenge for every internet service. Gmail seems to be up to the mark so far and has introduced many new security features in the Gmail 2018 update. This includes a feature where a sender can set a limited lifetime for an email. The email will automatically vanish after a set time and date. This gives the sender complete control over what he wants to do with the information he sends to others.
Another security feature includes the activation of two-factor authentication for every single email. This will make sure that every single email is safe and is read only by the person to whom the email is sent. Moreover, a sender can put restrictions on the forwarding, downloading, and copying of the email. This adds to the control and authority of the sender over the information he sends out to others over Gmail.
The Gmail 2018 Update also comes with a new layout that is designed to control all the new features that we discussed in the above sections.
This new layout includes a ‘Settings’menu that hovers over every email that the user receives. This means that with every email, you will have the option to snooze, archive, or mark it as read.
Another feature of the new layout is the extended space for each email; especially for emails with attachments.
Moreover, the layout has two sidebars. The left one is known to every user; however, there is a little change in how it can be managed; the new layout will be collapsible. The completely new sidebar on the right will contain different Google apps such as Google Calendar. This sidebar will make it easier for the users to have a host of Google apps at one place.
Improvements in Graphics
In addition to all the improvements in the layout, we also see some visible improvements in the graphics as well. The layout has got brighter and we see a nice blend of muted colors overall. Moreover, the buttons fade when you hover over them; giving a great visual experience to the user.