Google is tinkering with Gmail again — this time, with a redesigned iOS app that it said makes email “a lot faster.”
According to a blog post from Matthew Izatt, Gmail product manager, the new app has a "fresh new look." Google also made it easier for users to switch between functions.
He said this makes it feel like a proper mobile app rather than a clunky desktop app shoved onto a mobile device.
The new design is the result of customer demand for “highly requested features” like easier message deletion, easier archiving and easier email management, he said.
One of the welcome features is “Undo Send,” which already exists on Google's desktop Inbox service. Undo send gives users a short window of opportunity to recall an email.
Google also improved search and spelling suggestions for terms in search, he noted.
This is the first time in four years Google has updated its iOS app for Gmail. The new version is a lot like the Android version, which has been present on Android devices for the past two years.
What is surprising about this week’s upgrade is that it has taken Google so long to do it. By improving the Gmail experience on iOS devices Google is also working its way into the iOS user market where it could well make gains.
However, gains are likely to be minimal for the foreseeable future as there is still work to done here. For those iOS users who were hoping to get a unified inbox that would cater for both personal and work accounts, the wait goes on. For now, users will have to maintain multiple accounts, a bit of a nuisance.
That said, Google just keeps doing what it has been doing for years: Releasing small, incremental improvements, the same way it built up its G Suite.
Google has also upgraded its iOS Calendar, which now includes a month and week view, Apple’s Spotlight Search and alternative calendars like Lunar, Islamic or Hindu.
Xerox Split Is Official
Xerox is now officially two companies. Earlier this week, the board of directors of the printing and document management giant approved the financial terms of the split, which was announced in January.
The two companies will start trading as separate entities on the New York stock exchange early next year.
The company that will group together the business process services — Conduent — will trade under the symbol CNDT, while the company that consists of the legacy equipment businesses, document technology and outsourcing, Xerox, will trade under the symbol XRX.
Earlier this year, Norwalk, Conn.-based Xerox, unveiled the name Conduent, noting it was inspired by experience connecting clients through “transactions at a massive scale” in areas such as customer care, transportation solutions and healthcare payer and provider services.
On Dec. 31, Xerox shareholders will receive one share of Conduent common stock for every five shares of Xerox common stock they own as of Dec. 15.
Konica Minolta Expands ECM Offering
Ramsey, N.J.-based Konica Minolta Business Solutions continues to develop its enterprise content management (ECM) offering, this time with a number of upgrades to Dispatcher Phoenix ECM.
The upgrades are designed to make capturing data easier and more efficient.
With Dispatcher Phoenix ECM, organizations can capture, organize and store business documents in content management systems, including Microsoft SharePoint, OnBase by Hyland, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive among others.
This edition of Dispatcher Phoenix ECM comes with batch scanning and indexing tools to make data capture faster and more efficient, forms processing and the ability to covert documents into Office documents or PDFs.
It also comes with a new web-based verification tool that allows operators to check the quality of the scanned images in the batch, easily approve or reject documents, zoom in and out and page through documents using a variety of keyboard shortcuts.
"By launching this high-volume batch scanning, indexing and advanced capture solution, we have taken ECM solutions to a new level. Speed is the name of the game and it starts with getting accurate data and making it available as easily and quickly as possible,” Kevin Kern, senior vice president of Business Intelligence Solutions and Product Planning at Konica Minolta said.
In a lot of the discussion around enterprise content management, it is often forgotten that unless information is captured effectively, ECM will not work.
Konica Minolta has spent a lot of time and effort in the past on improving the speed and accuracy of capture. This release of Dispatcher Phoenix ECM continues that effort.
Google Photos, Adobe Photoshop Express Integrate
Finally this week, San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe is integrating its Adobe Photoshop Express app with Google Photos.
This means that users will be able to import and export image from the Google Photos app to Photoshop Express for quick editing and sharing.
Google Photos is a photo and video sharing and storage service by Google. Its core features were previously embedded within Google Plus, the company's social network.
Adobe Photoshop Express is a Flash-based image editing web and mobile application used to directly edit photos on blogs and social networking sites. It already supports Adobe’s Creative Cloud, Dropbox, Facebook and the iOS Camera Roll.
Adobe has also added Collages to the app, an intelligent layout tool that enables users populate images in a carousel of collage options in one tap so users can see what they’ll look like in a variety of formats.