Google revealed yesterday that it plans to launch a new Gmail design in the coming weeks. The updated design will appear for Gmail users on the web, bringing it closer to the company's settings for Gmail on mobile devices. The Verge has taken screenshots of the new Gmail design, which is currently being tested within Google and with trusted partners. The new design includes some subtle elements of Google's material design, and a host of new features that were originally introduced for Google's Inbox review of Gmail.
Google is implementing smart answers for Gmail on the web, the same feature of Mobile Gmail that provides suggestions for quickly responding to emails. A new repeat feature also allows you to temporarily delete emails from your inbox until a certain time, so you can avoid certain email threads until you are ready to respond. Snooze and Smart Reply are both currently part of the Google Inbox application for Gmail, and both features are now coming to Gmail on the web.
Gmail receives a new useful sidebar
The new Gmail design also features a new sidebar, with the option to use the Google calendar, the application to take notes or tasks with their emails. This is perhaps the most useful part of the redesign that makes it easier to schedule meetings, or see when you are free when you respond to an email.
Google offers three new designs to choose from, including a default view that highlights attachments such as documents and photos, a convenient view that does not highlight attachments, and a compact view that increases the number of messages you can see on a single page. The compact view is the most similar to the existing Gmail design, which allows existing users to maintain a similar design.
None of the three new views and changes of UI are as radical as the redesign of the Inbox that Google revealed in 2014. It is not clear where this new Gmail redesign leaves the Google Inbox project, especially now that Gmail receives the Smart Answer and Inbox Repeat functions. . It does not appear that Google is ready to radically redesign Gmail to its Inbox levels yet, but Inbox could continue to exist as a way for the company to test new email features.
Google now plans to make this new design available to G Suite and Gmail users in the coming weeks. The Google I / O Developer Conference begins May 8 in Mountain View, and it's reasonable to assume that this new Gmail design will be part of the many announcements at the show.