Google revamps Gmail, Calendar apps to improve mobile access
The revamped Gmail app--available for devices running Android 4.0 and up, as well as Apple's iPhone and iPad--assembles mail and conversations into a series of tabs, including Primary (which sorts messages based on their importance), Social (for example, Google+ and Facebook [NASDAQ:FB] interactions), Promotions (deals from Google Offers, Zagat and other services) and Updates (confirmations, receipts, bills and statements). The Gmail app also sorts messages into Family, Fun and School categories.
"It became obvious to us over time that this notion that the inbox was more of your master than your servant was becoming more widespread," Alex Gawley, product manager for Gmail, told The Verge. "It wasn't just the people receiving hundreds of emails a day--more regular users were starting to feel stressed out by their inbox."
Google will release the Android and iOS apps in the coming weeks. New users will see the social and promotions tabs by default--tabs may be configured from the desktop or the Android app but not yet on iOS, The Verge notes.
Google is also launching a redesigned Calendar app for Android 4.1, enabling users to change their default calendar and event colors. The app also boasts expanded recurring event options, a new time and date picker for event creation and a searchable time zone picker.
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