I love Gmail, and almost anything related to Google. So it was a big deal for me when Google introduced the Gmail notifications earlier this week. If you are like me you check your inboxes probably every ten minutes, and there is nothing wrong with that. But with these new notifications you will no longer need to do that. The Gmail notifications will not only notify you when you receive a new email but also when you receive a new chat message. Doesn’t this just sound great? But like all things there is a catch and guess what its not that bad. So to actually be able to run the new notifications, one will have to be using the Google Chrome browser. Also the notifications are ran on HTML5. Google says that they are working on making these notifications universal across all browsers.
To set up your Gmail notifications follow my screen shots
1. Click on your settings tab up in the right hand corner
2. Scroll down until you see Desktop notifications, click Chat notifications and New mail notifications to the ON button
4. Now if you want a little more information on the Desktop notifications here is the “Learn More”
5. This is what will pop up in the right hand corner of your Chrome browser
So while trying it out, there were a couple things I noticed. First being that the notification window does not pop up unless you have a window opened to your Gmail account, the main inbox page. Meaning if you do not have it open, no notification window. Second being that the little window that pops up practically pops in-and-out in a matter of 5 seconds, so don’t stray too far from your screen or you will never catch a notification. Overall a great idea from Google. Hopefully in the end they can smooth out some kinks so more users will stop using second party email notification apps and try this one instead.
Source / Electronista
Picture Source / My Macbook