Google has been making a lot of changes both aesthetically and practically to its ecosystem recently. By now everyone probably knows about (and is highly awaiting) the new Android operating system, Android ‘L’. However, the smaller components like Google’s services and products (i.e. Play Store and Gmail) have also recently been receiving a number of minor (and major) improvements and new features.
It now seems Google have rolled out another new future to its Gmail mail client. Now when you receive an email from someone which contains an image embedded in the body (not as an attachment) users can simply click on the image to instantly view it in full screen. In addition, the image can also now be downloaded to your hard drive or saved to Google Drive again directly from the image. Basically, there is no more need for using the rick-click feature on your mouse. Sounds a little familiar? Well, yes it should. This feature has been available in Gmail for a while but was reserved to attachment images. Previously attachments could be opened in full screen, downloaded locally or saved to Google Drive by clicking on the attachment but this was not offered for email-embedded content. So this is a nice new feature for those of you who send a lot of emails back and forth in the body of an email. In exactly the same way you did with attachment users only have to click on the image (once) and the image will immediately overlay the main screen in full screen mode. Similarly using the standard bottom right download (arrow icon) and Drive icon (triangular thingy), you can instantly save the image.
Although this won’t change the world or make user’s lives significantly better it does make it easier to send a few images to someone you know. With this new feature if you are only sending one or two images then there is no real need to send them as attachments saving on the time it takes to click attach, upload etc. Now just copy the image, paste it into the body and hit send. The recipient will have all the same options with the image as they would have had with the attachment. So what do you think? It’s not ground-breaking, but it is the continued build-up of these little features which overall adds to a more user-friendly experience and interface. Will you be using it? Or simply don’t care? Let us know.