Google introduces new Gmail
API which enables developers to use Gmail features into applications and make it easier for others to integrate and use as Plug-in.
According to Google,
The Gmail API gives you flexible,
RESTfulaccess to the user's inbox, with a natural interface to Threads, Messages, Labels, Drafts, and History.
API provides RESTful access to an inbox and supports CRUD operations on email threads, messages, labels etc.
API can be used in variety of applications including the cases where full inbox access is not required and the
API can be much quicker compared to IMAP to search for a particular email.
API provides fine-grained control to applications apposite to IMAP, where developers are required to obtain permission to the whole of an email inbox and therefore, will be restricted to:
- Read messages from Inbox
- Send messages
- Amend the labels affect to messages
- Search for specific messages