Newsletter: Gmail Is Going To Be Redesigned & Apple HomePod Is Not A Hit

Newsletter: Gmail Is Going To Be Redesigned & Apple HomePod Is Not A Hit

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“You can’t be on the cusp of innovation and at the forefront of technology if you’re wearing blinders. If you don’t have an exploration program where you’re exploring your world here on Earth, underwater, and in space, then you’re wearing blinders and handicapping yourself.” ~ Gwynne Shotwell

GMAIL IS GETTING REVAMPED

THE STORY

Soon, Gmail is getting a new look.

WHAT KIND OF CHANGES COULD BE EXPECTED?

Google sent an email to G Suite customers informing that a new version is going to get launch. The email sent was supposedly customer confidential but it got leaked and now everyone knows about it. That’s why Google confirmed that Gmail’s new version is going to come soon.

Although the mail was not clear about the changes we got to know a few key features that are coming with the update. Below is the list of the same:

  • A fresh, clean look for Gmail on the Web.
  • Easy Access to G Suite apps, such as Google Calendar, from within Gmail.
  • Smart Reply on the web, just like mobile.
  • Ability to “snooze” emails and choose when they reappear in your inbox.
  • Offline support.

All these features will come as the first installment of an Early Adopter Program [EAP] for G Suite customers, but it will be available for personal Gmail accounts as well. Moreover, Offline support is said to be arriving in June this year. This means you will be able to type and read some emails even without an internet connection.

WHAT GOOGLE HAS TO SAY?

A Google representative when asked about the changes, stated, “We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase). We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send.”

It is a long overdue surprise that Google has mentioned a change in Gmail. The new features when added, will be redesigned. Smart Reply, Snooze, Smart Groupings, and more.

After the revamp and other features added, having an Inbox will not have a reason to exist. It is unclear when the new version of Gmail will be launched.


APPLE HOMEPOD IS NOT GETTING SALES AS HOPED

THE STORY

Apple HomePod is not performing well when it comes to actual sales.

WHY IS HOMEPOD NOT PERFORMING WELL?

Apple HomePod was introduced in the market with a lot of promises and there were many expectations with the smart home speakers. However, HomePod is not selling as hoped so, now Apple is deciding to cut orders with suppliers. The news came out after just two months of the release of HomePod in late March. Apple has said to have reduced the sales forecasts and also dropped some orders with Inventec, manufacturing company of HomePod.

It is also reported that HomePod inventory is just “piling up” in some stores and “fewer than 10 HomePods a day” are sold at some stores. When the product got released, analysts on the basis of initial sales and strong pre-orders estimated that HomePod will be able to get a hold of smart speaker market.  Though Apple, unfortunately, was not able to maintain the sales with the passing time.

WHAT WERE THE SALES FIGURES INITIALLY?

According to the market research firm, “During the HomePod’s first 10 weeks of sales, it eked out 10 percent of the smart speaker market, compared with 73 percent for Amazon’s Echo devices and 14 percent for the Google Home. Three weeks after the launch, weekly HomePod sales slipped to about 4 percent of the smart speaker category on average.”

WHERE IS APPLE LAGGING?

Apple planned to release the product in December but failed so launched the product in February instead, losing the opportunity to take advantage of the big holidays season.

The price of HomePod is $349, which makes it one of the most expensive smart home speakers in the market. Apple has tried a lot and promoted the HomePod with full zeal. It has highlighted the superior sound quality of smart speakers as a unique selling price. However, the price tag has discouraged a lot of people and also its ineptitude to work popular music services apart from Apple Music could also have played the part.

There are various shortcomings in HomePod such as it doesn’t have AirPlay 2 support to control the music on multiple HomePods placed in different rooms and lack of stereo pairing. However, there are indications that these things would come soon with the upcoming updates. But the present owners and prospective buyers are not happy to wait for another two months for fundamental features.

Despite the diminishing sales graph, Apple has not lost hopes and will work to make it better. Let’s see whether Apple succeeds in achieving what it has dreamt or will HomePod be just another product which would be forgotten with time.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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