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It is a well agreed upon fact that Google makes some of the best products out there in the cloud today. So much so that people are crazy to try out anything new from Google.  Wave and Chrome OS How To Run Google Chrome OS From A USB Drive [Windows] How To Run Google Chrome OS From A USB Drive [Windows] Read More are recent examples of this.

Some time back we showed you GMDesk Run Google Services as Desktop Apps With GMDesk Run Google Services as Desktop Apps With GMDesk Read More , that lets you easily access a number of Google products from the desktop. The concept is similar to Mozilla Prism Run Web Apps on your Desktop with Prism Run Web Apps on your Desktop with Prism Read More and other site specific browsers.

Being the Google fanboys that we are, here is another software that keeps you on top of what’s happening in different Google services associated with your account. It is called GoogSysTray. The name is kind of lame, as GoogSystray’s SF page points out. However it works great and you will love it, especially if you use different Google products.

Googsystray is essentially a Google notifier app that you can download. Now, before you pass over it just because of it being another one in the herd of notifier apps, consider that GoogSysTray covers more than just Gmail. Apart from providing alerts when there is a new message in your inbox, GoogSysTray also notifies you of upcoming calendar events, new Google Reader items, new Google Voice messages and Google Wave updates as well.


GoogSysTray is a Google notifier download available for Windows and Linux. It requires python and pygtk libraries which are installed by default on the major distributions, so that shouldn’t be an issue. Windows users can download the exe installer and install it just like any other application.

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Once the Google notifier download is installed, GoogSysTray requires your Google Account details. You can then selectively enable or disable notifications for any of the services that GoogSysTray supports. There are plenty of options for each of them.

Let’s have a look at various features that are available for different services:

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For Gmail, by default, you are notified of any new messages in your inbox. You can additionally specify labels you want GoogSysTray to monitor for new messages. When a notification pops up you have the option to mark the email as read, report as spam or send it to trash, without even opening your browser.

Apart from Gmail you are notified of new items in the RSS feeds you have subscribed using your Google Reader account. You can specify a certain minimum number for new updates that must be reached before GoogSysTray notifies you. An excellent feature, as RSS notifications get overwhelming pretty quickly.

For Google Voice you can read transcripts, get notifications for SMS and send messages without needing anything more than a customizable hotkey to open up the SMS user interface. Being outside the US, I couldn’t verify Google Voice functionality, so your feedback is very much welcome. It also lets you view upcoming events for which you have set an alert in Google Calendar and updates inside your Google Wave account.

You can also customize the time after which GoogSysTray will check for updates for each of the services. In addition there are options to customize the popup notifications that appear. You can change colors, transparency and overall style of the notifications.

GoogSysTray is a nice application you can use to remain in sync with all the commonly used Google Products. Give it a spin and let us know how you liked it. If you know of any other application that you use for similar purposes, sound off about it in the comments!

  1. Ruskin
    December 21, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Nice app. If anybody requires notification from other providers like Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail etc. then try Multi Email Notifier http://www.multiemailnotifier.com. I love the sound it plays when new email arrives.

  2. Gary
    November 28, 2009 at 11:47 am

    The pop ups aren't working for me on Win7HP. I get the notification tone & an icon in the systray but no pop ups. Only see the pop up if I click on the icon. Too bad, I was hoping to replace Growl with this.

    Also, support for multiple Gmail accounts would be a nice enhancement.

  3. Justin Pot
    November 28, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I've been looking for something like this for a long time. Great find, Varun!

    And Googleverse...the code's all open. Check out what the program does with your data on your own if you really don't trust it. I'd love to hear what you find.

    • zon
      December 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

      you're right. i trust open source apps more than proprietary (closed source) ones
      btw, good article, as always

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  4. Googleverse
    November 27, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Since , we are supplying our identity to this product, i.e. the username and password. how can one be assured of his privacy.

  5. gab007
    November 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Unfortunately cannot install on Windows Xp Pro. All I get is "This application has failed to start because the application configuration is incorrect. Reinstalling the application may fix this problem." I've even tried older versions....
    Hopefully this will work at a later time, i'll keep an eye on it.

    • Danny Tuppeny
      November 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm

      I've released my own Wave notifier, it doesn't do all the stuff this one does, but if you only use Wave, it's perfect. It sits in the system tray in Windows with an icon and alerts you to new messages!

      http://wavenotifier.dantup.me.uk/

  6. Martyn Parker
    November 26, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Very nice app.....

    Using Linux...... how on earth do you get the main icon back if you choose to hide it?

    • Justin Pot
      November 28, 2009 at 11:12 am

      Martyn: I made the same mistake. The only thing to do for it is to delete the file called ".googsystrayrc" in your home folder.

  7. Gent
    November 26, 2009 at 11:30 am

    You Guys Rock! All in one notifier for Google products ,life just can't get any better.

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