If they wanted add ons, Gmail users had to go to each individual plugin they wanted, and install it individually. However, Google understood this was quite counterproductive, so it decided to integrate these add ons in the email app and make them work across all platforms.
Add ons are now integrated on Gmail
Add ons for Gmail used to be third-party plugins, meaning that users had to search for them and install them separately. Also, they had to do it across all platforms they used to connect to their account. This could take a lot of time, and wasn’t exactly user-friendly, so Google decided it was time to change it. Therefore, in March, it announced how it would internalize add ons on Gmail.
This means that, now, you can find all these plugins within the email app. If you select the settings menu in the top right corner of the app, you can scroll down until you find the Get Add Ons field. At the moment, you can choose from ten plugins, which let you integrate the email app into different platforms, such as Quickbooks, Asana, Smartsheet, or Trello.
The plugins are more business-oriented at the moment
What is even better is the fact that, once you install these integrated plugins, they’re there to stay. This means that Gmail doesn’t forget them, and will appear on all platforms where you sign in. In fact, they are only available on browsers and on Android devices at the moment, but they will soon get to the other platforms as well.
The first integrated add ons are heavily oriented towards business. However, Google wants to add more of them, and include some which are suitable for a work environment. Also, the company encourages developers to create plugins of their own, as writing the code of the add on once in the app will keep it running every time.
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