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How to set up and use email templates in Gmail

Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images If you, like me, find yourself writing the same email over and over again, or copying and pasting the same message multiple times, Gmail gives you an easier option. By creating and saving email templates, you can insert them the next time you compose a message and save yourself some time. You...

How to prevent being tracked while reading your Gmail

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge All of those obnoxious marketing emails that crowd your inbox aren’t just pushing a product. They’re also tracking whether you’ve opened the email, when you opened it, and where you were at the time by embedding tracking software into the message. Just type “email tracking” into your search engine and watch...

The rumors around Google’s 2020 Pixel phones are getting stranger by the minute

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Google’s 2020 Pixel lineup may look a bit different than usual if the latest product names found in the company’s Google search app are any indication. Instead of the expected Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL monikers, Google is apparently working on a “Pixel 4a (5G)” and a “Pixel 5,” via 9to5Google. Those two phones were...

How to keep your email from getting out of control

Photo by Salvatore Laporta/KONTROLAB/LightRocket via Getty Images Staying on top of your email can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and tedious. It’s not hard to rack up a large number of unread emails. And for that reason, it’s easy to keep checking your constant influx of messages — at the expense of other tasks. I have multiple email accounts,...

Google confirms new Nest smart speaker with official photo and video

Google has responded to the inadvertent reveal of a new Nest smart speaker through regulatory filings by, well, confirming its existence. The company just sent The Verge an official photo of the device, referring to it only as “what the Nest team is working on from home.” The speaker looks somewhere between the pillowy Nest Mini and the larger Google...

Android 10 had the fastest adoption rate of any version of Android yet

Google has long struggled with getting device manufacturers to update older devices to the latest version of Android, but the company announced today that it’s starting to see some success, with Android 10 seeing the fastest adoption rates of any version of Android. According to Google, Android 10 was installed on 100 million devices five months after...

Google’s upcoming Nest speaker revealed in regulatory filing

Image: The Radio Use Website (Japanese) A new smart speaker from Google has been spotted as part of a regulatory filing in Japan. Android Police believes this device to be the long-coming sequel to the original Google Home speaker, which hasn’t gotten a follow-up since its original release in 2016. The new speaker carries on Google’s fabric aesthetic...

Google Maps tests showing traffic lights in the US

Image: Google In a new test, Google Maps is showing the location of traffic lights in cities around the US in its Android app. The feature was initially spotted by Droid Life, and its existence has since been confirmed by Google. “To help people stay better informed on the road, we’re testing a Google Maps feature on Android that shows the location...

Google reportedly abandoned a cloud computing product for the Chinese market

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google has abandoned plans to develop and launch a cloud computing product designed for the Chinese market, among other politically controversial countries, according to a report from Bloomberg. The move marks the second high-profile initiative within Google to develop a product for the Chinese market, after...

How to set a vacation responder in Gmail

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge If you’re planning to take some time away from work, it might be a good idea to set up a vacation responder: an automatic reply that goes out to anyone who emails you, letting them know you’re out of the office and therefore not checking email regularly. (It’s also a good idea to let them know in that email...

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