Google labs has announced two gadgets that integrate with Gmail and allow users have a quick look at their Google calendar appointments and recently accessed documents right from within their Gmail inbox.
Gmail users can use one of the gadgets to see their Calendar agenda and get alerted when a meeting is scheduled, Google said. Another gadget could show users a list of recently accessed Google Docs and let them search across all documents from within Gmail.
Google Labs, which solicits user feedback as it develops products, also created the ability to add any gadget to Gmail by pasting in the URL of its XML file, noted Google engineer Dan Pupius in a blog post. The new products are the latest in a series of offerings to come out of Google Labs in recent months.
Earlier this month Google Labs rolled out Mail Goggles aimed at preventing Gmail users from sending email that they might later regret. Last month Google Labs rolled out a test version of an audio search indexing system that's designed to find specific words in videos and let users jump to the portion of the video where the words are used. And In August, the company unveiled Google Labs-developed Google Suggest, which suggests search queries as users type words or letters.
Pupius said he hopes to get more feedback from users on the new gadgets. "We realize this isn't very user friendly right now; it's a sandbox mainly aimed at developers who want to play around with gadgets in Gmail. There are also some downsides to the iframe-style Gadgets we're using today - they can sometimes slow down the page. We're fanatical about speed, so we'll be keeping a close eye on performance," he added.
He went on to note that not all of the new gadgets are fully compatible to Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer (HTTPS), so users connecting to Gmail via an HTTPS connection may see content warnings caused by parts of the gadgets being served over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP.)