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Gmail People Widget Shows Contextual Information About Contacts; Introducing Google Music Labs Page; Simplified Google Account Switching

Email is just as much about the people you communicate with as it is what you’re communicating about. The “Gmail people widget,” located on the right-hand side of your messages, shows you contextual information about people you’re interacting with in Gmail.

With the people widget you’ll also be able to easily email, chat, or call your contacts using the call phones in Gmail feature, or edit contact details and settings. If you’re using Google+, you’ll be able to add the contact to your Google+ circles. Simply click on the contact’s name on the right side.

The people widget lets include follwing information:

Gmail People WidgetGmail People Widget Now Shows Recent Photo Attachments

  • Information about your contact, which may include information such as their name, email address or occupation. This information comes from your account’s Contact Manager.
  • Recent Google+ posts your contact has made visible to you
  • Recent email your contact sent you
  • Thumbnails of recent photos your contacts sent you. Clicking on a thumbnail opens the corresponding message.
  • Google Calendar events if your contact’s Calendar is shared with you
  • Google documents shared with both you and the contact

If you ever decide you don’t want to see the people widget, you can do so by doing the following:

  1. Click the gear icon in the upper right, then select Settings.
  2. On the General tab in Settings, select the ‘Hide the people widget’ radio button.
  3. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Gmail has never included an option to manage the attachments from the messages you’ve received. You can’t see a list of PDFs received this month or a list of photos sent by one of your friends. However, Gmail’s advanced search features let you find the messages that include PDF files or photos, but you have to open each message to see the files. Maybe Gmail will integrate with the upcoming Google Drive and all the Gmail attachments will finally be searchable, easy to organize and share, just like Google Drive (Docs) files.

Alos, Google’s navigation bar widget has now been updated, makes it easier to switch to a different account , as all of your accounts are now automatically displayed, so you no longer have to click a link to see them.

Multiple sign-in supports a lot of Google services, including Web Search, Google+, iGoogle and YouTube, so you don’t need to use a different browser or the incognito window to sign in to another Google account.

Google Accounts with Multiple sign-in support

Google Music Labs

Finally, you can now try out the new “Labs page” now available for Google Music. “Google Play music labs are a testing ground for experimental features that aren’t quite ready for primetime. They may change, break, or disappear at any time,” informs Google.

Google at this moment made following three experimental features available on Labs page including: “desktop notifications for Chrome, HTML5 audio and 5-star ratings.”

If you enable 5-star ratings, thumbs ups and thumbs downs will be converted to 5 stars and 1 star. HTML5 audio “works in all browsers that support MP3 playback with HTML5 audio: Chrome, Safari 3.1+, and IE 9+” and replaces the hidden Flash player that’s currently used.

After enabling desktop notifications, you should see an infobar that asks for permission. Click “allow” and Google Music will show a nice notification enhanced with a cover art thumbnail when a new song starts playing.

Google Music Labs Page

[Tahnks, Alex, Filipe, Florian K]

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