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Gmail for Android shows your agenda alongside calendar invites

See what's up with your day without leaving the Gmail app.

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Google is getting better and better at integrating its stable of services, making the connections between apps like Gmail and Google Calendar tighter and smarter. Today, the company announced a pretty handy new feature for Gmail on Android that makes it easier to respond to calendar invites: those invitations now include a one-tap option to show your agenda so you can decide if you can make the meeting without having to click over to your calendar. It's not ground-breaking, but it's helpful -- if Google already has visibility into your calendar, it might as well show you that info in a helpful way. The new feature will work both with Google Calendar as well as Microsoft Exchange.

Gmail for Android also now supports rich text formatting, including bold, italics, underlining and text colors. It's another pretty basic feature for email, but it's been surprisingly absent thus far. Most people probably don't need advanced formatting when firing off quick responses on their phone, but it'll be handy for those times when you want to put more care into your message. Both features are available for the official Gmail Android app now -- hopefully they'll make their way to other platforms and apps like Inbox soon.

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