Google just updated its Gmail application for Android yesterday, and today it’s announcing a new feature that will apply to Android, iOS and Web versions of the service soon. If you’re like me, you probably hate receiving and email and then having to approve Google to show the image. I usually just like to dive in and see what’s going on. Thankfully, Google’s getting rid of that extra step. Here’s a gif of it in action:
Soon, when you load an email with an image embedded in it, the image will automatically populate and you won’t have to approve anything. Google said previously it required you to approve the image to “protect you from unknown senders who might try to use images to compromise the security of your smartphone or mobile device.” Now, however, Google is handling images differently in the back end, so you don’t have to worry as much. It will check for known viruses and malware before the email even arrives in your inbox. It’s a nice enhancement, though you’ll want to make sure you’re not accidentally loading NSFW images in the wrong environment.
If you do prefer that Gmail asks you before you want to load an image, you can still turn this on by going to General > Settings and then checking the box for “Ask before displaying external images.”
The new update will hit the Web version today, and the iOS and Android apps will be updated in early 2014.