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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 15

Gmail iOS app now uses AI to offer option of notifications only for important emails

My iPhone feels like a much calmer device since I went on a notifications diet, but if you can’t switch off email alerts because you need to know when important ones arrive, Google thinks it may have the solution. It’s iOS-only for now, but is coming ‘soon’ to Android …

Gmail Stories June 8

Gmail for Android update lets you customize swipe actions to delete, snooze, mark read, etc

There are about a million email clients available, but Google’s own Gmail app is my personal favorite just because it works so well. In a recent update, Google is giving users some new options for customizing in-app actions.

Gmail Stories June 4

A couple of months ago Google revealed that Gmail was going to be getting a huge makeover, and in late April, users finally started getting the option to try out that interface. So far, it’s been well-received, and Google is planning to kick off the full rollout in July.

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Gmail Stories June 2

How to customize swipe actions in Gmail for mobile

Recently, Gmail was updated with new smart features previously exclusive to Inbox. One of these is the ability to customize the left and right swipe actions within the email app. Here’s how.

Gmail Stories May 14

AI-powered ‘Nudge’ respond reminders rolling out to the new Gmail

Last week, Google announced and began rolling out Smart Compose at I/O 2018, as well as native offline support for the new Gmail. Today, AI-powered response suggestions called “Nudges” are beginning to launch in the redesigned web client.

Gmail Stories May 13

The new Gmail launched with a slew of new features last month, and Google announced that more were on the way. While Smart Compose may have grabbed all the attention at I/O 2018 this week, native offline support is now rolling out.

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