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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 May 17

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Google is today releasing an update for its Gmail mobile apps that introduces a new Smart Reply feature with suggested quick reply buttons within emails.

The feature is something Google is bringing over from its Inbox by Gmail and Allo apps where similar functionality was already available. Google says that the feature accounts for around 12% of replies sent in Inbox, for instance.

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Gmail Stories May 3

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Google today has announced a new security feature for Gmail on Android that makes it easier for users to protect themselves against phishing attempts. Google revealed the new feature in a post on its G Suite updates blog.

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A number of users today have received a phishing email claiming to be an invite for Google Docs. This scam is particularly nefarious as it comes from a known contact who’s had their account hijacked, with the app attempting to send more phishing emails using your account.

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Gmail Stories March 31

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Over the past month, Gmail for Android has received a number of updates including app shortcuts for accounts and the ability to send/receive money on mobile. Version 7.3 rolling out now adds the ability to insert GIFs into emails with Gboard.

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Gmail Stories March 16

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Gmail Stories March 14

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Gmail on the web has long had the ability to make transactions via email, and now that feature is finally making its way to mobile with the Android app gaining the ability to send and request cash.

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