Gmail update adds contact details and more

If you use Gmail, you might have noticed a few differences when you checked your inbox this week.  In a new post on the official Gmail blog, Google revealed some new features that have been added to the web-based email service. One of them involves seeing the contact details of the people who have emailed you.

The blog post states:

When you search for an email address, the search results will now show you contact details in addition to that person's profile photo and the emails sent from and to them. From here, you can start a chat, call their phone and more.

The blog adds that if the person you are searching for in your Gmail account also happens to have a Google+ account, the contact features will be automatically updated every time that person updates their Google+ details.

Speaking of which, the blog points out that the Google+ circle integration has also been changed. It states, "When you select a circle, you'll now see profile photos of people in that circle at the top right of the page. Plus, when you click on these images you'll be taken directly to search results with contact details."

You can also search for messages from a specific Google+ circle in your Gmail account by typing in "search" and then the circle's name. You can narrow the search for messages from your Google+ circle and even create filters for those circle notes.

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