Google gives Inbox by Gmail handy upgrades for tablets and Android Wear

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Google faithfuls get a nice little stocking stuffer for the holidays: Better integration of Inbox with Android Wear smartwatches and tablets. Because you're into Google's ecosystem enough to have snagged an invite to Google's radical re-imagination of Gmail, and maybe you already even have an Android Wear watch to go with your tablet.

The newest update to Inbox extends some of its power to your Android Wear smartwatch. When your wrist buzzes for a new message, just swipe to the right and mark it “Done” (the Inbox equivalent of 'archive'), or swipe one more time and tap "Reply." You can then speak and send your message. This will save you from digging for your phone, though it'll work best with shorter emails.

The Inbox Android app has two improvements. Its interface is now better configured for tablets, looking less stretched-out than before. Search pulls up contacts’ cards and relevant emails more quickly, too.

The impact on you: Even if you don't have an Android Wear Watch, Inbox's Android app improvements make it a more attractive experiment. Note: Inbox is still invite-only: You have to email inbox@google.com to get on the waiting list or monitor the team’s Twitter account, which occasionally runs an open invite session. Inbox definitely has a learning curve, but its promise to transform your email pile could make it worth a try.

This story, "Google gives Inbox by Gmail handy upgrades for tablets and Android Wear " was originally published by Greenbot.

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