Google Unveils Awesome To-Do List App Called Google Tasks

Google just introduced Google Tasks, a standalone to-do list app that integrates your tasks along with the new Gmail and Google Calendar.

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Along with Google’s unveiling of the redesigned Gmail (which by the way, is exactly like how the rumours predicted), the online giant also quietly introduced Google Tasks.

As its name implies, it is an app that allows users to create, view and edit tasks and to-do lists. It also includes tasks that created from within the redesigned Gmail and Google Calendar.

The app itself looks like a normal to-do list app, with a bullet list of tasks. Users can create and manage the list on the app and add subtasks if they wanted. The app has a drag and drop feature which makes it very easy to arrange and prioritise each task. Lastly, users can also set a due date for the tasks that you want to be reminded off.

What makes this app very useful is its integration with Gmail.

With the new Gmail design, an expandable sidebar has been added to the right of the screen. This allows users to load widgets of other apps and Tasks is loaded by default along with Calendar and Keep.

When you’re in the middle of composing or reading an email on your computer and need to jot down a task, you can simply click on the Tasks icon and add it in. You can then go to your phone app anytime and the task list is automatically updated to reflect the latest edits.

The app is now available for download for both iOS and Android. I have just switched to the new Gmail layout and downloaded the Google Tasks to try. It’s safe to say that this is going to be my favourite productivity app from now on.


Here’s A Sneak Peak of The New Gmail Web Interface

(Credit: TechCrunch) Gmail’s updated web interface with snooze email function

Screenshots of the actual revamped Gmail web interface have surfaced.

Yesterday, word has spread that Google is redesigning the Gmail web interface. And although the tech giant confirmed the news, they refused to give further details.

However, despite keeping the info under wraps, news agencies were able to get a hold of some juicy details. These include new features like offline support, Smart Reply and the ability to snooze emails.

Today, TechCrunch was able to acquire screenshots of the supposedly “fresh and clean” look that Google is going for.

As you can see from the image above, Google didn’t really alter anything major in terms of looks. It did however, manage to achieve a more modern feel. The text buttons have been replaced with icons and this helps make it look cleaner and less cluttered.

The image also shows the snooze feature that we heard about yesterday. Apparently, users can choose to snooze emails and have it seen “later today”, “tomorrow”, “this weekend”, “next week” or “someday”.

The revamped Gmail now features an expandable sidebar to the right which allows users to load widgets of other apps. Google Calendar, Keep (note-taking app) and Tasks are opened by default. This would be a very useful feature as you can use the apps side by side while composing/replying to an email.

Streak co-founder Aleem Mawani also told TechCrunch that popular Gmail extensions, such as Clearbit, Streak and Dropbox, will all be compatible with the new design.

Google is rolling out the new design in the “next coming weeks”.


Google Is Planning To Revamp Gmail With A Fresh Look

The Gmail Web interface is getting a fresh and clean look soon.

The tech giant is planning to revamp the Gmail web interface with a new and updated design. This is according to an email sent to G Suite administrators and obtained by The Verge.

Google’s email service will reportedly get “several new features” which would also be available to regular accounts. These features include offline support, Smart Reply and the ability to snooze emails. Those who have been using the app might already be familiar with Smart Reply, the algorithmically-generated replies that show up as suggestions.

The redesigned web interface will also have easy access to G Suite apps like Google Calendar from within Gmail.

In the email, Google explained that G Suite customers and regular Gmail users will have to opt in into the new Early Adopter Program (EAP) to gain access to this new design. The company wants to test Chrome extensions’ compatibility before rolling it out to the public.

A Google spokesperson confirmed the news through a statement. “We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase),” he explained. “We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.”

Edit: We have an updated version of the story here.

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