Gmail to receive makeover
Leaked screenshots have suggested that the Gmail mobile app will be receiving a major interface overhaul in the near future. As reported by Geek.com (via The Verge), trials are ongoing to test the new layout of the Google’s very own e-mail client. From the screenshots,we can see the introduction of a blue at the top that houses the folder navigation (Inbox, Drafts, Sent etc.) and a search bar. An interesting addition is the replacement of the original sidebar with a new fly-in side pane on the left. Google Hangouts has also been integrated into this new design, with this feature housed in a collapsable interface in the right side pane.
The Compose button has been moved to the bottom right of the screen on the right side pane as well. The Star function have now been replaced with “pins” where you can pin select e-mails to always be at the top of your inbox. Google also has introduced new tabs; Travels, Purchases and Finance on top of the existing Social, Promotional, Updates and Forum tabs.
No official release date has been announced and it has to be said that Google is notorious for testing new interface designs but never releasing them. Either way, the new designs seem like a step in the right direction to improve the Gmail app itself.