Google, the omnipresent company behind the search engine, found out how to dominate the Internet some years ago. With an email platform that had to be used to access different services and that also allowed them to gather user information. We're obviously talking about Gmail, also known as Google Mail and sometimes misspelled as Gmailç (no, that's not a Turkish basketball player).
The email to rule the world
That's precisely what this email service is. It has versions in APK format for Android smartphones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, macOS, Windows... official and unofficial clients, mainly because it's one of the most popular email services in the world.
Essential to be able to use in depth any of the services designed at Mountain View.
If you're going to create a user account, here are some of the features and functions you'll come across, but they're not the only ones as it's one of the most complete messaging applications around:
- 15 GB of free storage space.
- Simple and advanced search system for messages.
- Broad configuration options: themes, languages, tags, priorities, inbox, filters, alerts, notifications... and many more.
- Synchronization with the rest of webapps.
- Flexible customization options.
The ecosystem designed by Alphabet includes a wide range of online services and web applications for which you need a user account, being impossible to use some of them if you're not signed in. Here are some of those services that work with your Google email account:
- Google Play.
- Google Drive.
That doesn't mean you can't use them if you're not registered... at least not in all cases (Drive or Documents, for instance, do not a registry). But you will miss out on some of its main advantages, such as receiving customized recommendations for searches or being able to comment videos, to name just a few examples.
Privacy controversy. Is it safe?
As you know, this company has always been involved in a certain controversy with regards to how it manages personal data and information. Several online agents, including users, law-makers, and governments have accused the North American company of taking advantage of their service to violate the user's privacy. In turn, it has also been affected by the leak of Edward Snowden's documents, the NSA's activities and other actions carried out by other secret services.
So, if you're not concerned about giving away all your data to a huge corporation, this is your email service...