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No, The New Gmail API Is Not Killing IMAP

At Google’s I/O developer conference, the company announced a new way for developers to build apps that integrate with Gmail, via its brand-new Gmail API. Designed to allow programmatic access to messages, threads, labels and drafts, the API was initially misunderstood by some as Google’s attempt to “kill off IMAP,” an older email protocol that offers email access, retrieval and storage.

That confusion seemed to come about largely because of the wording in one highly trafficked Wall St. Journal article, which originally said that the new API would “replace IMAP, a common but complex way for applications to communicate with most email services.” (The article has since been updated with new language that says “instead of” as opposed to “replace.”)

Google’s developer’s documentation also backs this up: the new Gmail API will not be killing off IMAP – at least, not yet – but it will make Gmail application development easier.

The Gmail API does not offer full inbox access for all operations, explains Google in a blog post detailing the API’s new features; it’s about giving fine-grained control to applications which don’t need “full-fledged email client access,” as the developer documentation states.

Instead, the API would work well for apps that need to scan through your inbox, looking for e-receipts, itineraries or order confirmations; those that let you schedule email to be sent later; CRM applications; email “snooze” buttons; and more. In these cases where full inbox access is not required, the Gmail API would be quicker than using IMAP to perform a search or find a particular email thread.

And while the Gmail API means Google is inviting developers to build ever more applications that dig into your most private social network – that of your email inbox – it’s also doing so in a way that actually better respects the sensitivity of that data.

Now, if a user wants to authorize an app that only performs one function, like sending mail on the user’s behalf, but not retrieving incoming messages, the Gmail API could allow for this, where before that same app built with IMAP would mean the developer would have to access all of your emails just to get their app to work.

However, the Gmail API stops short of enabling the lineup of mobile email clients, like Accompli, CloudMagic, Boxer or Gusto, for example. Those apps will still need to work with the older protocols like IMAP and SMTP, at least until Google decides to expand the Gmail API further to include all the functionality of IMAP, if the company ever chooses to go that route.

The Gmail API is now in beta, as Google solicits developer feedback before a wider launch.

Free phone calls with Gmail

Gmail voice and video chat  makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family using your computer’s microphone and speakers. But until now, this required both people to be at their computers, signed into Gmail at the same time. Given that most of us don’t spend all day in front of our computers, we thought, “wouldn’t it be nice if you could call people directly on their phones?”

Starting today, you can call any phone right from Gmail.

Then you will ask me that how to make free phone calls to Chinese mainland?It’s easy.

The first condition is you must load your Gtalk and Gmail voice and video chat plugin  in Gmail,then login Gmail with a U.S. or Canada ip.The second condition is you must have a Google Voice account of U.S. phone numbers.

Then, you can use Gmail make calls for free,

1.Call your own Google Voice number (E.g. 174 065-11118)

2.Hear the voice “You do not have a new message, press 2 to make a call”,press 2.

3.Press the Chinese number such as 0118613999999999#  or 011862166666666#,after that you will hear the voice”It’s a free call.”

Go and enjoy free phone calls from Gmail!

A Gmail Theme: Ever-changing Like the Weather

Today,I find a interesting theme in  gmail——Bus Stop.Have you apply your Gmail Theme before? If yes, you will find an interesting feature in some of their theme. One of them is Bus Stop theme. This theme show you several people are waiting for their bus and sometimes the weather will be changed. That is interesting about it.How to set it?Login Gmail-Settings-Themes-Bus Stop.

Sunny day at the bus stop

The first version of the Bus Stop Gmail Theme features a sunny day at the bus stop. In this version, you will see that the sun is up and the sky is blue. There are only two characters in this version: the little girl in pigtails who is balancing a tower of assorted-flavored ice cream and the young man in business suit who is experiencing a bad hair day with a scoop of ice cream on his head.

Cloudy day at the bus stop

Although it is still blue, the sky is evidently adorned with fluffy clouds that are pushing the sun farther away into the background. The two characters from the sunny version are still at the bus stop: the young man is impatiently staring at his watch while the little girl is happily riding a giraffe. An old man sitting on the green bench, a young jock wearing red sweatpants, and an old lady holding a black purse joins them in the scene.

Rainy day at the bus stop

It’s not always sunny at the bus stop. Sometimes, the rain pours down too. The five characters are not only waiting for the bus to arrive, but also trying their best to deal with the rain: the young man is covering his head with newspapers, the old man and the old lady are using parasols, the young jock is wearing a scuba suit, and the little girl is balancing a tower of umbrellas. A new character is added to this scene: a jacket-wearing black man with a pet bulldog.