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Gmail for Android 5.0

Access Gmail through its own dedicated app on your Android device

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Android
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Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 05 November 2014
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Downloads To Date: 625
Developer: Google
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Gmail Android
Access Gmail through its own dedicated app on your Android device

At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much call for a dedicated Gmail app on your mobile. But what Gmail offers Google-addicts is integration with other Google services and apps, so you have access to your Google Calendar invites and Google+ posts.

It also offers a much faster search tool, and provides profile pictures of your contacts where possible in conversations. There’s also support for threaded conversations, auto-complete when entering names from both your Google Contacts as well as those stored on your phone or tablet.

You’ll also find additional tools for managing your mail – some are obviously covered by the Email app, but Gmail naturally goes further to provide service-specific tools like labelling mails as well as reporting spam quickly and easily.

The user interface is clean and minimalist, and easy to navigate. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with the Email app, if you’re a Gmail user you’ll definitely want to give this a whirl.

Version 5.0 is a major upgrade with these improvements

- Insert Google Drive files directly into messages
- Improved autocomplete. Start typing in the To, Cc or Bcc field and you'll now get better suggestions, faster.
- Improved formatting support when restoring saved drafts
- Ongoing bug fixes and reliability improvements

Verdict:

Google Mail users have a compelling reason to switch to Google’s own mail app – faster, slicker and more fully featured than the built-in Email app.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.12.1

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

Version 2.12.1 brings:
 - WhatsApp Calling: Call your friends and family using WhatsApp for free, even if they’re in another country. WhatsApp calls use your phone’s Internet connection rather than your cellular plan’s voice minutes. Data charges may apply.

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