Google updates: Gmail ups incoming file size limit to 50 MB, improves Keep App and more

Google is now also going to offer support for WorkApps for legacy Android users.

Significant improvements have started rolling out from the Google's stable for the past few days. These are minor tinkering, shuffling of apps and an extension of certain privileges that, as a whole, is surely going to boost up the entire experience.

Gmail has become an integral part of our daily digital life but one of the few grievances that users had was that one couldn't send or receive files via Gmail that were more than 25 MB. Well, it seems that we don't have to worry anymore. For the first time in eight years, the company will allow transaction of attachments up to 50MB. "Sometimes you need to receive large files as direct email attachments. So starting today, you will be able to receive emails of up to 50MB directly," said Google in a blog post on Wednesday.


But there is a catch. The sending size limit will, however, not increase and remain 25MB. "We can expect the complete rollout of the increased incoming file sizes feature in 1-3 days for all Gmail users in every platform," said Google.

Moreover, Google Keep, which is a similar note-taking app like Evernote and Microsoft's OneNote, has been now made a part of the G Suite and given quite a few nifty upgrades, so that it is more at sync with Google Docs. One can now record or scribble in Keep on an Android, iOS, Chrome and even on the web. And while you are on Docs you can simply use the notes by accessing the Keep notepad from the tools menu. The notes will be available in a sidebar within the Docs user interface.

Another useful feature is that the user can now search Keep notes from Google Docs, as well as add a new note to Keep while working in Docs. To add a new note users have to select text in the document, then right click on the selection and choose the "Save to Keep notepad" option. Now when the user opens it on Keep there will be a link back to the source document for easy reference.


Google is now also going to offer support for WorkApps for legacy Android users. The WorkApps section on Google Play lets its admins nitpick a bunch of apps for their employees to download on their work smartphones. The problem, however, was that those users with android devices, running 5.0 Lollipop or less, were not being able to see the WorkApps tab and thus limited accessibility for the apps. This problem has now been addressed and solved with this update.