Internet search giant Google has rolled out a new feature for its Gmail users to block unwanted email tracking for those using an iPhone. The feature has been rolled out as part of an app update version 6.0.190811 and can be enabled in Settings.
Using this feature, Gmail users can choose to disable automatic loading of attached files. These images, in most cases, as per a report by The Verge, include invisible email trackers that notify the senders when and where the receiver opened the message.
Interestingly, the feature is being rolled out after former Twitter executive and designer Mike Davidson detailed how subscriptions emails are being used to track the location and time of opening the email. “Mass mailing companies, for the most part, use that technology to track open rates and also to *stop* sending out emails to people who haven’t opened them in months,” Davidson said. At the end he also said, “Almost every client these days allows you to do this, with the strange exception of Gmail for iOS. If you are a Gmail user, I recommend switching to something like Outlook on your iPhone. It’s free and allows you to use your existing Gmail account.”
With Gmail’s latest update, Google seems to have acknowledged the problem and given the iPhones users a fix that doesn’t require them to migrate to another email service. Notably, the option to disable automatic loading of images is already available for those who use Gmail on desktop.
Last week, Google rolled out swipe-to-switch feature for Android users. The same feature has been available for iOS users since last year.
As the name suggests the swipe-to-switch feature will allow Android users to swipe (up or down) on their Google Account avatar in the top-right corner to switch between the Google accounts. It is quite simple and handy in the way it functions. Once you swipe, first your profile icon will change — depending on whether you have added an image or use the default first alphabet icon — followed by appearance of your default inbox.