Images Reveal Google's Gmail Redesign Coming to Web Browsers on Mac and PC

Google has reportedly been working on a design overhaul of its Gmail interface on the web, and today The Verge obtained a collection of images that show off this redesign. The new look of Gmail is said to currently be in testing within Google and "with trusted partners."

Images via The Verge

According to the new images, Gmail for the web will update to fall in line with Google's mobile Gmail apps, including some elements of the company's Material Design. One of the major visual differences is a new sidebar that provides multiple options for customization. Users can choose to add Google Calendar, Google Keep, or Google Tasks in the side window, or collapse it completely and focus only on their inbox.

Along with Material Design and the sidebar, The Verge noted that Google is adding three new layouts for Gmail users to pick from:
Google is providing 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.
There will also be two new additions coming to the web called smart replies and snooze, both taken from the Inbox by Gmail app. Smart replies is also on the basic iOS and Android Gmail apps, providing users with straightforward replies for quickly responding to emails. Snooze lets users temporarily remove emails and reminders from their inboxes until they want them to reappear.


The internal test of the Gmail update is believed to expand to G Suite and Gmail users "in the coming weeks."

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2 weeks ago
I hope there is a dark mode. This all white UI looks blinding.
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2 weeks ago
I love how bland and boring this new "flat" UI trend is. I have a general distaste for all things fun and beautiful, so to me, lots of featureless plain white background really just makes my day. /sarcasm

Other than that, good job. Heh heh.
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2 weeks ago

in testing within Google and "with trusted partners."


Here's some leaked screenshots from those 'Trusted Partners'
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2 weeks ago
Gmail would be great if it weren't for the invasion of privacy.

I would like to see Apple focus on making Mail an even better email application, and tie any such work in with the iCloud Mail app so they're both improved.
Rating: 5 Votes
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2 weeks ago

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.


Thank goodness they're keeping the compact view.

I hate this new trend of whitespace... where everything is padded to the gills and you actually see less content.
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2 weeks ago

I hope there is a dark mode. This all white UI looks blinding.


Which is so different from 95% of the web that is also mostly white?

...And don't get me started on Word/Pages primary color... :rolleyes:
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2 weeks ago
This does indeed look very bland. Utilitarian in the wrong way.
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2 weeks ago

Design-wise, is iCloud really out of date? It's pretty analogous to the way Mail, Calendar, Notes and Photos all work on iOS and Mac. I will agree that the Gmail interface is generally a lot more flexible and powerful than iCloud Mail. I happen to think iCloud Mail looks slick, but it doesn't do much.

Function-wise, iCloud.com seems like it's doing a pretty good job of letting you get at your iOS and Mac iCloud apps from any browser. Edits to Notes and Calendars show up pretty much instantly from your phone. The Photos functionality is surprisingly good. I don't use the website a whole lot because I'm on my own Mac -- but back when I had a day job sitting in front of a PC, I'd have been psyched to be able to get to that stuff without digging into my phone.

I totally agree with you on iMessage, though. Maybe that will come with the whole "iMessage in the cloud" thing that was supposed to be in iOS 11 and didn't make it in yet. We can dream, anyway.


Perhaps the design isn’t the problem, rather it just doesn’t function as well as Google. To view a PDF in an email it actually downloads the PDF. And it opens email replies in another window. Considering the resources Apple has and their ostensible commitment to perfection, it’s just odd that Apple ignores their web apps. Arguably, Apple is losing the education market because of their poor web apps and their expensive hardware.
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2 weeks ago
Part of a trend to worse design on the internet, but at least they haven't oversized the content and added lots of padding so that you see far less content (apple.com being one of the worst cases, that used to be a fantastic site with an interesting news page and a brilliant layout for shopping).
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2 weeks ago

Design-wise, is iCloud really out of date? It's pretty analogous to the way Mail, Calendar, Notes and Photos all work on iOS and Mac. I will agree that the Gmail interface is generally a lot more flexible and powerful than iCloud Mail. I happen to think iCloud Mail looks slick, but it doesn't do much.

Function-wise, iCloud.com seems like it's doing a pretty good job of letting you get at your iOS and Mac iCloud apps from any browser. Edits to Notes and Calendars show up pretty much instantly from your phone. The Photos functionality is surprisingly good. I don't use the website a whole lot because I'm on my own Mac -- but back when I had a day job sitting in front of a PC, I'd have been psyched to be able to get to that stuff without digging into my phone.

I totally agree with you on iMessage, though. Maybe that will come with the whole "iMessage in the cloud" thing that was supposed to be in iOS 11 and didn't make it in yet. We can dream, anyway.

I too use iCloud mail and have been happy with it. No more Gmail for me.
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