Google Graduates Gmail Translate Feature, Retires Mail Goggles and 7 Others

Google has announced that its iconic email service is now able to translate emails written in other languages. Through a blog post, Google indicates that Gmail is now able to provide Automatic Message Translation, Smart Mute and Title Tweaks.

Not that this feature was not there, but it was one of the features still under Gmail Labs. It has now officially been moved from Labs to a full feature while receiving or writing emails.

In addition to graduating these three labs, Google has decided to retire “some less popular labs over the next few days.” Some of the services which will be retired are: Old Snakey, Mail Goggles, Mouse Gestures, Hide Unread Counts, Move Icon Column, Inbox Preview, Custom Date Formats and SMS in Chat gadget.

Gogole has clarified that it will not retire the SMS in Chat lab but just the gadget associated with it.

So Google say that

Over the next few days, everyone who uses Gmail will be getting the convenience of translation added to their email. The next time you receive a message in a language other than your own, just click onTranslate message in the header at the top of the message,

and it will be instantly translated into your language:

If you’re bi-lingual and don’t need translation for that language, just click on Turn off for: [language]. Or if you’d like to automatically have messages in that language translated into your language, click Always Translate. If you accidentally turned off the message translation feature for a particular language, or don’t see the Translate messageheader on a message, click on the down arrow next to Reply at the top-right of the message pane and select theTranslate message option in the drop-down.

Title Tweaks
With the graduation of Title Tweaks, Google has changed the text in the browser tab so that you can see if you have new messages. The tab now reads “Inbox (20) – – Gmail” instead of “Gmail – Inbox (20) –”

Smart Mute
Google has also made improvements to muting based on the graduation of the Smart Mute lab so you can be sure that noisy email threads stay out of your inbox. You can learn more about muting email threads in the help center.

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