Google Improves Inbox Search
Google today updated its Inbox application with new search tools that should make certain types of information easier to find. For example, when searching for a tracking number Inbox will automatically find tracking numbers buried within emails and show the numbers and the corresponding messages at the top of search results. This tool works with details like phone numbers, addresses, order numbers, reservations, and frequent flyer numbers. Inbox now delivers streamlined search results, too. For example, under the quick answers box users will see a "top results" section that orders emails according to their relevance, followed by all the results in chronological order. Google believes these new tools will save Inbox users time. Inbox works with Gmail and is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Inbox from Google Better Manages Events and Links
Google today updated its Inbox service with features that should help people keep track of events, newsletters, and web links with less fuss. Google says Inbox will now cluster emails regarding a single event together and always display the most up-to-date information in an easy-to-glance format.
Gmail to Convert Numbers, Addresses, and Contacts to Clickable Links
Google today said its G Suite customers will soon be able to take advantage of active hyperlinks in Gmail and Inbox that simplify the process of sending emails or making calls. Both mobile apps will convert text, such as phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses, into interactive links.
Google's Inbox Email App Can Suggest Responses
Google today said an update to its Inbox email application will make it possible to (almost) automatically respond to emails. A new feature called Smart Reply will suggest up to three responses to emails based on the content within.
Google Improves Inbox's Snoozing Behaviors
Google today made its Inbox application more flexible by adding several user-requested functions. First, the "snooze" tool now lets people snooze email until "later this week" and "this weekend" to give people more time to put a hold on incoming emails.
Google Bakes Search Into Keyboard App for iPhones
Google today revealed GBoard, a keyboard application for iPhones that includes search capabilities. Google is pitching GBoard as a way to simplify how people use the iPhone by allowing users to perform searches without leaving the current app, such as text messaging.