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article imageGoogle could be planning new Gmail interface

By James Walker     May 12, 2014 in Internet
Screenshots posted on technology news site Geek.com appear to show an all-new version of the web client for Google's popular Gmail email service currently being tested.
Although no speculation or confirmation is given as to when — or if — this version of the interface will hit the public, the changes seen are very substantial and combine to create a much flatter, more minimalistic interface which resembles in some aspects the web client of rival Microsoft's Outlook.com service.
The most major changes appear to comprise the removal of the "Compose" button to create a new email from its old position to a new location at the bottom-right side of the page. The button is now also simply a "+" symbol in a flat-coloured red circle. Similarly to Microsoft's Outlook.com, emails can now be "pinned" and moved to the top of the inbox to keep important messages visible above the other lesser emails in a busy account that is heavily used.
The tabs for different categories of email that were only introduced in 2013 have also been relocated. They are now situated within the main inbox window rather than along the top of the page which saves screen space and expands the inbox.
Geek.com posted screenshots of what is thought to be a possible all-new interface design for Google ...
Geek.com posted screenshots of what is thought to be a possible all-new interface design for Google's popular Gmail email service currently being tested.
Geek.com
If this update does hit the public version of the site then it will be the most substantial aesthetic update that Google has given Gmail for some years. It resembles more closely the Gmail client found pre-installed on Android phones and tablets which helps Google in their goal to create unity across all of their platforms.
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