Tech giant Google has been quite busy these past few months; work that has culminated in updates to both Gmail and their Google Wallet app on the Apple iOS platform. One of these updates is uncharacteristically long overdue, given the huge, half-billion strong userbase for Gmail.
Although Gmail obliterated preexisting email services when it first landed on the scene in 2004 – with its host of technological innovations and whopping billion-gigabyte storage offering – it has lacked a user-friendly way to block email for far too long.
The real value in Google’s new block function for Gmail is the ability to stop your inbox from ever displaying emails from certain email addresses that you mark as persona non grata. Being harassed by a company? You know; the ones where you swore you unsubscribed from them weeks ago but your Gmail still registers their spam?
As of Tuesday September 22, you can employ the block sender function to permanently bar them from your Gmail account. The big difference is that now you no longer have to rely on Google’s “send to spam” function; now you no longer have to EVER even see the emails in the first place. This ought to help productivity as well as peace of mind. The button for using the new function is next to ‘Reply,’ and in the ‘More’ drop-down menu – once you mark a particular email, Gmail will send it straightaway to your spam folder.
Although the desktop version rolled on Tuesday, Android phones will have to wait until the following week to block unwanted message forever with a click of a button.
Google Wallet on Apple iOS undergoes changes
It appears that Google wasn’t satisfied with dropping just one improvement to their suite of services this week; the Google Wallet app designed for the iOS system also received an upgrade. On Monday, Sept 21, version 10.16.10 made its debut in the Apple App Store, and now allows money to be sent between users – without the former restriction. Previously, the recipient had to have the Google Wallet app on iOS in order to receive money from the other user.
In addition to the added convenience, the Google Wallet debit card option now means that users don’t even need to use the iOS app to spend the money they’ve got in their Wallet. The debit card has every attribute of your run-of-the-mill, bank-issued debit or credit card and works at ATMs and in retail stores. New features make it convenient to split the bill at restaurants when you go out to eat with friends.
Although Google’s new payment method for Android systems, Android Pay, is expected to supplant Google Wallet eventually, the latter is still a viable and robust, fraud-protected method of payment for both Android and Apple iOS users – and is expected to remain so for quite some time.