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Gmail People Widget Aggregates Contact Communications

Google has introduced a new feature to its Gmail email service that aggregates and displays the communication with a particular contact.

The Gmail ‘people widget’, which will be rolled out globally in the next few weeks, will be present on the right hand side of the interface.

Gmail users will be able to view messages, chats and phone calls with a particular contact. Users will also be able to view the emails exchanged with the contact, shared Gmail Calender activities and Google Docs files.

Google has also provided means to get in touch with the contact quickly using email, phone call and chat among other means.

“We think it can be helpful to view relevant information in context, which is why over the next two weeks we’re rolling out a new people widget located on the right hand side of your messages. The people widget surfaces content from friends, family and colleagues that is already available to you but may be hard to find and makes it easier to connect with them,” the company said in a blog post.

Google’s new service will compete with those offered by a San Francisco based start-up Xobni that allows users to view aggregated messages and shared files. However, the service, which is available in beta, also lets users search, view statistics and presents auto-suggestions.