Gmail Contacts Become More Useful

It really is about time. Google has completely revamped Contacts in Gmail and it is a lot more usable now.

I use Google Contacts as my primary contacts source and even sync it to my iPhone. So, as you can imagine it was a little underwhelming to use Google Contacts so far.


Here are the new features/changes I noticed over the old Gmail Contacts

  • New Contacts tab under Mail
  • Contacts list fill the entire screen just like emails in inbox
  • Contacts view lists name, phone number, address and labels if you assigned any groups.
  • Clicking on a contact takes you to the edit screen.
  • Edit screen layout is much nicer with a HUGE Notes area.
  • Edit pane is much nicer as you just click on a field and start editing
  • Contacts screen has a link ‘View recent conversations’ that’ll take you to a pre-filtered view of your mails with that person
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Sort by labels
  • Custom labels for phone numbers and other fields
  • Undo changes you just made
  • Automatic saving of entries

For those who like and have a system with how Gmail works, the new Contacts will feel like home. I really like these changes and I am looking forward to more control when I sync my contacts with my smartphone. I would really like the ability to select groups of contacts like how we select the Google calendar sync with iPhone.

Google has made a lot of these changes so it is easier to use it from Android phones and it is definitely a step in the right direction.

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