Monday, 16 April 2018 redesign leaks, looks pretty incredible Add-ons let you use Google Calendar while writing Emails

Gmail to Get a Major Redesign & Some Cool New Features redesign leaks, looks pretty incredible Add-ons let you use Google Calendar while writing Emails

Google has recently announced that its going to overhaul Gmail’s desktop version and make it look much similar to its mobile version. The new design has not been launched as of yet, but a noted publisher has managed to get some screenshots of the test-version which Google is currently working on.

The new desktop version features a similar material design, usually seen in Google’s Android operating system and will allow quick replies and other features present in the mobile application. Here’s what the new design looks like,

Quick Reply, New Design, & More

Quick Reply is coming to the desktop version and shows one-click reply suggestions based on the content of an email. There’s also a snooze button which lets you block-out unwanted emails from your inbox temporarily until you want to reply to them.

Other than that, there’s a new sidebar which basically lets you use “mini-apps” such as viewing Google Calendar, Keep, and other Google apps. It is quite useful for people actively using Gmail and who also want to manage their calendar at the same time for schedules. Keep, right at the sidebar, helps keep track of notes and any self-written reminders.

Three Layouts

Moreover, Gmail will now have three layouts that let you customize your viewing experience to your liking. You can choose to highlight attachments sent along with emails or make their size smaller for comfort. There’s also a way to increase or decrease the number of messages that can collectively be seen on one page.

Google has said that it will release this new design in the coming weeks. It is expected to hold an I/O Conference in May and might announce Gmail’s new design as part of the conference. redesign leaks, looks pretty incredible

Add-ons let you use Google Calendar while writing emails? Genius!
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Red alert, people! Gmail is being redesigned. Google sent out an email to G Suite administrators warning them a "fresh, clean look" would be coming to soon. Shortly after the email went out, leaked pictures of the design were posted to Android Authority and The Verge, so we have a ton of pictures to obsess over. So let's dive in.

The existing Gmail for Web design is one of Google's oldest, dating all the way back to 2011. While some Google services seem to get a redesign every year or two (like YouTube) the lack of a redesign for Gmail always felt more like it stemmed from a "fear of screwing it up" than anything else. Some people who live inside Gmail will be very vocal if Google breaks anything. Even the 2011 redesign did not go over well.

Thankfully, one of Google's most popular productivity apps is not turning into a whitespace-infused nightmare hellscape (like say, Google Inbox). The layout is mostly the same as the existing, and, just like today, there are three information density settings to choose from. The new Gmail really does seem fine on the whitespace front.

Next, it looks like Google is finally building some plugins for the "Gmail Add-ons" feature that was launched last October. Add-ons live in Gmail as a vertical strip of icons on the right side of the window, offering pop-up panes that can pull in information from other apps. While the existing add-ons are all third-party services like Trello or Asana, with the redesign Google is adding Google Keep, Google Calendar, and Google Tasks integration.What we are getting is a lot of new functionality. Gmail is pulling in a few features from its sibling, Google Inbox. First there's a new "snooze" feature, which lets you remove an email from your inbox for a set amount of time. Second, is getting Smart Replies, which offer up machine-learning-generated replies to your emails that you can send with a single click.

Bringing your calendar information up right inside Gmail sounds amazing for scheduling events and meetings, and hopefully the calendar will be smart enough to automatically show any relevant dates mentioned in the email. Google Keep looks like it will just be the regular stream of Keep notes, which will be nice for updating any to-do lists you have stored on there.

Google Tasks exists today as a panel inside of Gmail and as an absolutely ancient website, but it seems like the neglected service is getting a revamp along with the Gmail redesign. The standalone website looks like it will be getting updated, too, as a new logo and some other changes were spotted by Android Police last month. The problem with Tasks is that it is just a checklist, which seems a bit redundant with Google Keep. It typically has never communicated with any other Google service (reminders and calendar integration would be nice!) and lacks a smartphone app, which makes Tasks really tough to use. We'll have to see just how thorough this revamp is.

Other stuff

Besides the new features, there are a lot of small design changes, many of which seemingly conform with the theorized "Material Design 2" changes seen in Android P. The font for the interface is changing from Arial to Product Sans—the same font used in the Google and Alphabet logos—while messages are using Google's Roboto font. Just like Android P, there are lots of round or pill-shaped UI elements. The compose button is a pill, along with the pink inbox selection highlight. I would have expected the search bar to change to a pill shape just like every search bar in Android P, but for now it is still a rectangle.

There's a hamburger button in the top left, which will probably open and close the navigation panel, just like on Google Inbox. The logo is also back to "Gmail" now; currently it just says "Google."

The next important question to be answered will be the number of options and settings that survive the redesign change. Will "labs" features be removed? Google does constantly warn that Labs features "may change, break or disappear at any time." Will all the settings still be there? Will there still be dark themes? In its letter to G Suite admins, Google already warned some Gmail-focused Chrome extensions may break. Thankfully, the design rollout will be opt-in for some time, so hopefully everyone can get their ducks in a row before the mandatory launch.

Google says the new design will arrive "in the coming weeks." I'd pencil it in for a Google I/O launch.
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