Crimson alert, folks! Gmail is being redesigned. Google despatched out an e mail to G Suite directors warning them a “recent, clear look” could be coming to Gmail.com quickly. Shortly after the e-mail went out, leaked footage of the design have been posted to Android Authority and The Verge, so we’ve a ton of images to obsess over. So let’s dive in.

The prevailing Gmail for Internet design is one in every of Google’s oldest, courting all the best way again to 2011. Whereas some Google companies appear to get a redesign yearly or two (like YouTube) the dearth of a redesign for Gmail all the time felt extra prefer it stemmed from a “worry of screwing it up” than the rest. Some individuals who stay inside Gmail will likely be very vocal if Google breaks something. Even the 2011 redesign didn’t go over nicely.

Fortunately, one in every of Google’s hottest productiveness apps isn’t turning right into a whitespace-infused nightmare hellscape (like say, Google Inbox). The format is usually the identical as the present Gmail.com, and, identical to as we speak, there are three info density settings to select from. The brand new Gmail actually does appear advantageous on the whitespace entrance.

What we’re getting is plenty of new performance. Gmail is pulling in a number of options from its sibling, Google Inbox. First there is a new “snooze” function, which helps you to take away an e mail out of your inbox for a set period of time. Second, Gmail.com is getting Sensible Replies, which provide up machine-learning-generated replies to your emails that you could ship with a single click on.

Subsequent, it seems to be like Google is lastly constructing some plugins for the “Gmail Add-ons” function that was launched final October. Add-ons stay in Gmail as vertical strip of icons on the appropriate facet of the window, providing pop-up panes that may pull in info from different apps. Whereas the present add-ons are all third-party companies like Trello or Asana, with the redesign Google is including Google Hold, Google Calendar, and Google Duties integration.

Bringing your calendar info up proper inside Gmail sounds superb for scheduling occasions and conferences, and hopefully the calendar will likely be sensible sufficient to routinely present any related dates talked about within the e mail. Google Hold seems to be like it can simply be the common stream of Hold notes, which will likely be good for updating any to-do lists you could have saved on there.

Google Duties exists as we speak as a panel inside Gmail and as a completely historic web site, but it surely looks as if the uncared for service is getting a revamp together with the Gmail redesign. The standalone web site seems to be like it will likely be getting up to date, too, as a brand new emblem and another modifications have been noticed by Android Police final month. The issue with Duties is that it’s only a guidelines, which appears a bit redundant with Google Hold. It sometimes has by no means communicated with another Google service (reminders and calendar integration could be good!) and lacks a smartphone app, which makes Duties actually powerful to make use of. We’ll need to see simply how thorough this revamp is.

Different stuff

In addition to the brand new options, there are plenty of small design modifications, a lot of which seemingly conform with the theorized “Materials Design 2” modifications seen in Android P. The font for the interface is altering from Arial to Product Sans—the identical font used within the Google and Alphabet logos—whereas messages are utilizing Google’s Roboto font. Identical to Android P, there are many spherical or pill-shaped UI parts. The compose button is a tablet, together with the pink inbox choice spotlight. I’d have anticipated the search bar to vary to a tablet form identical to each search bar in Android P, however for now it’s nonetheless a rectangle.

There is a hamburger button within the prime left, which can in all probability open and shut the navigation panel, identical to on Google Inbox. The brand can also be again to “Gmail” now; presently it simply says “Google.”

The subsequent essential query to be answered would be the variety of choices and settings that survive the redesign change. Will “labs” options be eliminated? Google does continually warn that Labs options “could change, break or disappear at any time.” Will all of the settings nonetheless be there? Will there nonetheless be darkish themes? In its letter to G Suite admins, Google already warned some Gmail-focused Chrome extensions could break. Fortunately, the design rollout will likely be opt-in for a while, so hopefully everybody can get their geese in a row earlier than the obligatory launch.

Google says the brand new design will arrive “within the coming weeks.” I might pencil it in for a Google I/O launch.

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