Gmail Update Simplifies Sending Smartphone Snaps

If you use Google+ to automatically back up your smartphone photos, you’ll now be able to email those images from your computer more seamlessly.

Google on Tuesday began rolling out a new button for Gmail on the Web (pictured) that lets you quickly embed albums and photos taken on your smartphone. The new Insert Photo button gives you instant access to all the images backed up from your mobile device via Google+, starting with the most recent.

“Unless you’re a budding Ansel Adams, odds are you take most of your photos using your phone,” Google Product Manager Thijs van As wrote in a blog post Tuesday. “And whether it’s photos of your hiking trip or a night out, sending photos to friends and family just got easier.”

The update also lets you email entire albums that you have created with Google+. In addition, you can now resize images while composing messages by simply dragging on any corner. This way you don’t have to include a massive image that might otherwise annoy the recipient.

Google first added the Auto Backup feature to its Google+ iOS app last May. The feature allows for allows for an unlimited number of tablet-resolution images (2,048 pixels) for free, or you can tap into your 15GB of free Google Drive storage to back up full-resolution photos.

Meanwhile on the Gmail front, Google this week updated its terms of service to specify how its automatic email scanning technology works. According to the revised document, Google software examines incoming and outgoing messages to create targeted ads.

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