For many small businesses and entrepreneurs, email is at once a blessing and a curse. It's a great way to communicate with clients and keep a record of conversations, but there are challenges. Traditional email clients — the program you would use to check email — installed on your computer and made checking email remotely a challenge. And for those that get more than 2 emails a day, how do you organize them all?
In September we reported that the updated Gmail for iOS7 was no longer correctly pushing notifications. Within the app, users were supposed to have the option of getting notifications only for mail filed within the Primary tab, or from All tabs (or none). However, selecting "Primary Only" resulted in no notifications being sent at all. Therefore, Gmail users on iOS were given no choice but to receive notifications for all incoming messages...
The iOS app for Gmail is no longer offering push notifications for new email messages under normal circumstances. The issue has been noted in Google Product Forums so Google is aware of the issue. It's not yet clear if it's an issue with the Gmail app or iOS7, though it is assumed that it will require a bug fix and update to the Gmail app.
Gmail continues to get better. Today's update brings some very interesting improvements to attachments, as well as how Gmail handles links to both Google+ and Google Drive. We'll review the details of the update and enhancements, and we'll also touch on why businesses should consider Gmail for their email client.
I am, by most accounts, an email power user. I send and receive hundreds of messages a day, and do so from multiple devices. I have custom signatures and email templates, and can conduct business and transactions via email with ease. My entire business is run on and depends on email communication. So you can imagine my distress when suddenly, irrevocably, that was all taken away.
The popular Google Maps app has released an update today which allows you to search your Google Contacts. Users will sign in, and then be able to search for friends and family, bring up someone's address by name, and get directions to them. Note that this update isn't tied to your phone's Contacts, but your Google Contacts.