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Announced on April 1, 2004 with an unprecedented 1GB of user storage, many assumed that Gmail was just one of Google’s April Fools’ pranks. For comparison, competing services only had 2 to 4MB for users to store email messages and attachments. Currently, Gmail storage is combined with that of other Google products with 15GB available for free.

Gmail was released in beta with an invite system and was not open to the general public until February 2007. In July of 2009, it finally dropped its beta status. As of February 2016, Gmail is the most widely used web email provider with 1 billion active users worldwide.

Besides email, Gmail has a number of features, including integration with Google Drive for sending large attachments and choosing images from Google Photos. Users can fully search their email with advanced spam filtering and labels to manage messages. Google also scans emails to show context-related advertisements.

Since launch, the email service has gone through a number of redesigns. Apps are available for Android, iOS, and the mobile web.

Gmail Stories June 20

Gmail for Android gains buggy dark theme in settings

Many Google apps now feature dark themes ahead of system-level support in Android Q. In recent weeks, more and more G Suite services have been updated, with the latest dark theme partially live in Gmail for Android.

Gmail Stories June 10

Gmail’s interactive ‘dynamic emails’ available to all G Suite users next month

Back in March, Google announced support for “dynamic emails” that can live update and allow users to take action directly within the Gmail interface. Based on AMP, these interactive messages are launching for all G Suite customers in July.

Gmail Stories June 3

Gmail Smart Compose now available on iOS & Android for G Suite users

At last year’s I/O, Google announced Smart Compose in Gmail to autocomplete messages. The machine learning-powered feature first rolled out to consumer accounts and is now coming to Gmail on Android and iOS for paid G Suite accounts.

Gmail Stories May 29

Confidential mode was one of the security features introduced as part of Gmail’s big Material Theme redesign on the web last year. It launched for consumers first, and is coming to all enterprise G Suite users next month.

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Gmail Stories May 14

Over the past year, more and more users have spotted ads appearing in Google Discover. At Google Marketing Live today, the company officially announced two types of advertising from Google Ads that can appear in the article feed to the left of Android’s homescreen.

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Gmail Stories May 13

[Update: Live] Gmail for Android preps Google Tasks integration [APK Insight]

Last April, Google redesigned Gmail on the web with the Material Theme and a number of features like snoozing, nudges, and Smart Reply. Aimed at boosting productivity, another effort was a new side panel with widgets for Google Calendar, Keep, and Tasks. Google Tasks integration could now be coming to the Android app.

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