Gmail mobile app redesign starts rolling out, here’s what is new

Gmail mobile app redesign starts rolling out, here’s what is new

The rollout began on Android today and will hit iOS in the coming weeks.

If you've been using last year's Gmail redesign on desktop, then the new mobile app will probably look familiar. The user's profile picture is also now located on the right-hand side in the main screen instead of the navigation drawer.

Google on Monday unveiled the new Gmail mobile user interface, which should make it easier to view attachments, switch between accounts, and spot phishing emails.

The new look continues with Google's new Material theme, changing most of the app white and using colour to highlight essential elements. Google has already rolled out this new white space-heavy aesthetic for Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, and Sites on the web, and now it's moving on to the mobile versions.

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Overall, the new app looks cleaner and lighter than before. Google says this will make it easier for users to switch between their personal and work email accounts. Now, the search engine giant is all set to bring similar change for the mobile version both Android and iOS.

The changes are mostly visual tweaks - Google previously added a ton of new features when it rolled out its big Gmail update a year ago - but there are a few important changes coming to the new app. The company hasn't provided an in-depth outline of how that will work, building on the autocomplete features it introduced previous year but says that it will provide a subtle "nudge" via reminders. "And just like on the web, you'll get big, red warnings to alert you when something looks phish-y", Google said in a statement.

In announcing the update on Google's Keyword blog, Gmail's product manager Nikolus Ray also called out Smart Compose, Smart Reply and "nudge" reminders but didn't explicitly state that they're bringing these features into the app yet.

Smart Reply is being revamped to ensure that Gmail can remind users to respond to emails or threads by priority.

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