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Gmail’s “Display Images Below” Option Meets It’s Demise Today; Google Drops The Feature For Mobile In 2014

December 12, 2013 - Written By Justin Diaz


One of Google’s most used services is Gmail. For many its used on a daily basis, and there are probably many times throughout the day that you have had to click on that link that says “display images below” which would allow images to pop up from that particular sender. The main reasoning behind this is obviously security so that the user can be protected from potentially harmful content. Despite its safety measures, this feature can be quite annoying and the users should have the option to turn it off.

As one would have it, Google has noticed this and has found a new way to handle imagery within Gmail as of today. What they have done is taken all incoming images from sender to user, and they host them at Google’s own proxy servers before they reach your desktop or device, scanning them for malware, viruses or other potentially malicious content in the process. This keeps things ultimately more safe and secure for everyone, without having to click a link that displays the images in an email.ImagesBefore hand, images that would come in through your email would be hosted on their original servers, and the only way to keep your devices from being exposed to harmful content was to ask the user if they wanted images displayed. If the user knew who the email was from chances are they wouldn’t have to worry about the images. Now that all that has changed, you emails can be safe and secure and free of worry, and they’ll look more vibrant than ever before. Using Gmail is now safer, faster, and better looking than ever and its still simple to use.

The only seemingly sad thing about all this is the fact that Android users won’t see this update to Gmail on their devices until sometime in early 2014. It more than likely won’t be too long after the first of the year, but you never know. As of right now this is a desktop specific feature only, so you’ll still have to click the link on your phone until the update arrives. Hop on over to the Official Gmail Blog to see the original post.