Google is all set to be launching a new design for its Gmail web interface soon, in the coming weeks or so. According to the new report, Google sent an email to G Suite customers to inform them that the search giant is planning and has been working on a brand new version of Gmail for the web. So a fresh and clean looking Gmail on the web will appear, soon.
The new “Gmail experience” would be previewed in the upcoming weeks. The company says the new design will include “several new features” that will also be made available to regular Gmail accounts. Google promises a fresh look with the new web redesign, Smart Reply, snoozing emails, widget-like plugins, and offline support, has leaked.
Thanks to Android Authority for posting a series of screenshots for the “dogfood” version of Gmail that is likely in testing by Googlers and other trusted partners. Here, Google isn’t revealing exactly what the new design for Gmail web looks like, rather did recently launch a new design for Google Calendar. The calendar was updated with modern icons, colors, and cleaner event boxes.
Overall the design of the new Gmail layout looked a lot more like the mobile application, it’s reasonable to assume that Gmail itself will be updated in a similar way. Back in 2014, Google’s Gmail app did radically get a redesign of its separate Inbox app, but the company has stuck to the original Gmail design so far for its web version.
If not the fundamental layout remains unchanged with system and custom labels located at the very left of the screen. However, users will find a better way, new items like”Snoozed” and “Indef” as part of the upcoming snoozing feature that was first introduced with Inbox. This is a good way to clean your inbox if you can’t reply to a specific email just yet.
If you are using Gmail on your iOS or Android platform, you may already be in touch with smart replies. These algorithmically-generated replies will also be attached to Gmail.com.
Finally, Google is said to be working on a new way to interact and store your emails on your computer for offline access. The company is gradually phasing out Chrome Apps, Google will now be using standard web technologies to let your browser store your data.
Officially, Google has yet to share screenshots of the new design. As Gmail’s web interface hasn’t changed in years – you can probably expect a new interface that follows Google’s suite of Material design language. Users can choose from three view setting – currently “Display density” – for their Inbox. Taking inspiration from Google’s other email app, the new stock/Default view features inline image attachments and Drive files to quickly browse messages.
Early Access: Google’s Gmail redesign will be available in the coming weeks as an early access program for G Suite customers and personal Gmail accounts. Also, Google plans to test out critical Chrome extensions, to ensure the new Gmail experience is compatible before it’s widely available. In the new experience, there is a persistent right sidebar that appears throughout Gmail and can be expanded to show upcoming calendar appointments and notes.
It is also likely that users will notice several design tweaks. An icon for snoozing joins the existing archive and delete option above the message body, while below are smart replies in rounded bubbles. This circular motif is present everywhere including the reply and forward buttons, as well as in highlights.
Google confirmed a new Gmail is on its way in a statement, which also notes that the update might break some popular browser add-ons for Gmail, such as Clearbit, Streak, etc.
In order to experience the Web-based Gmail, G Suite customers, as well as regular Gmail users, will have to opt into a new Early Adopter Program to access the new Gmail, will be available in coming weeks.
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