In the coming weeks, Google will introduce a new design for the Gmail web interface, as well as several new features. These changes will also be made available to users with personal Gmail accounts. The refreshed design will appear for Gmail users on the web, bringing it closer to the company’s tweaks for Gmail on mobile devices. Google is implementing following features (and more) in the new Gmail experience:
- A fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web.
- Easy access to G Suite apps, such as Google Calendar, from within Gmail.
- Smart Reply on the web, just like on mobile.
- Ability to “snooze” emails and choose when they reappear in your inbox.
- Offline support (coming shortly after the EAP announcement; see below for more info).
Ggappsfree.com has obtained screenshots of the new Gmail design, currently being tested inside Google and with trusted partners. The new design includes some subtle elements of Google’s Material Design, and a number of new features that were originally introduced for Google’s Inbox overhaul of Gmail.
Gmail web will provide three new layouts to choose from, including a default view that highlights attachments like documents and photos, a comfortable view that doesn’t highlight attachments, and a compact view that increases the amount of messages you can see on a single page. The compact view is the most similar to the existing Gmail design, allowing existing users to keep a similar layout.
Google’s I/O developer conference starts on May 8th in Mountain View, and it’s reasonable to assume this new Gmail design will be part of the many announcements at the show.
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