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Google brings helpful Gmail and Drive widgets to iPhone users

By IANS Time of article published Nov 20, 2020

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San Francisco - Google has announced to launch helpful widgets of its Gmail, Drive and Fit apps for the iOS devices, to make the experience more seamless for iPhone users.

With the new Gmail widget, iPhone users can search inbox, start a new message and check for unread messages at a glance.

"The new Drive widget helps you access files you're most likely to need—and lets you search for any file from your homescreen," said Luke Wroblewski, Director, iOS at Google.

The new Drive widget will help users access files they are most likely to need.

"For those of you keeping track of your activity with Heart Points and Steps in Google Fit, this helpful new widget puts those numbers front and centre on your iOS device".

Over the next few days, Calendar and Chrome widgets are on their way too, Google said.

While Calendar will put upcoming appointments on your homescreen and give you quick access to your full calendar, the Chrome widget will give you quick access to search, open a new tab or incognito tab, voice search and QR code scanning.

Google earlier this week said it will further put users in control of their data and the Google experience, with a new setting for smart features and personalisation in Gmail.

Soon, you'll see a new setting for controlling whether your data in Gmail, Meet and Chat can be used to offer "smart" features in these and other Google products.

"Think: tabbed inbox, Smart Compose and Smart Reply in Gmail; reminders when your bills are due in the Google Assistant; and restaurant reservations in Google Maps," said Maalika Manoharan, Product Manager at Google.

The ability to turn on (or not) some of these individual smart features is not new.

"What's new is a clearer choice over the data processing that makes them possible," she said in a statement.

The company said that as with all Google products, Gmail, Meet and Chat are secure-by-design to help protect your data and safeguard your privacy.

"As before, these smart features are provided by using automated algorithms, not manual review. And, Google ads are not based on your personal data in Gmail, no matter which choice you make," Manoharan emphasised.

Google introduced auto-delete as the default this year to make control over data more automatic.

If you decide not to use smart features and personalization, you will still be able to use Gmail and our other products, the company said.

If you decide later on that these features are helpful and you'd like to turn them on, you can do so in your Gmail settings.


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