Google to Introduce Much-Needed Gmail Redesign in the Coming Weeks

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Google with 10 Comments

Google is working on a big new redesign for Gmail. The company today sent out an email to G Suite admins, announcing the upcoming updates. After Google introduced Inbox, the company has long neglected Gmail’s development, especially on the web. Gmail still doesn’t include a modern Material Design interface and lacks a lot of the “modern” emailing features.

But with the new “fresh, clean look” for Gmail on the web, all of that will change. Google says the new Gmail will give users easy access to other G Suite apps such as Google Calendar (similar to how Outlook lets you access Mail and Calendar easily). Google is also bringing Gmail’s popular Smart Reply feature on mobile to the web, which will help users be more productive with A.I-powered smart replies for emails. Google says the update will also bring offline support, as well as the ability to snooze emails, a popular feature found on many third-party email clients. The company is yet to reveal how the new design actually looks, but it shouldn’t look too different from last year’s leak that revealed the design.

“We’re working on some major updates to Gmail (they’re still in draft phase). We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can’t share anything yet—archive this for now, and we’ll let you know when it’s time to hit send,” a Google spokesperson told us.

Google will be releasing the new Gmail as part of a beta program, the Early Adopter Program, or EAP for short. EAP will be available to G Suite users in the coming weeks, and it will likely take a few months before the new Gmail is available to all users.

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11 responses to “Google to Introduce Much-Needed Gmail Redesign in the Coming Weeks”

  1. skane2600

    I don't know. I found the new versions of Google Voice and Google Calendar a downgrade. I still don't get the infatuation will low-contrast guess where to click flat interfaces.

    • Jorge Garcia

      In reply to skane2600:

      I 100% agree with you in that I am also worried that a downgrade is in store for us.

    • Informed

      In reply to skane2600:

      With the new Voice, instead of having 10 messages fully displayed one after the other, you now need to individually click on each message to view it--only one at a time. And Voice won't let you edit text of transcriptions anymore. Just about everything about the new Voice website is terrible, though Google's got no free competition so it's Voice for me and I hope they don't discontinue Voice either, it remains really useful regardless of interface.

      As to Google Calendar, its updates are noticeable and great, but space was sacrificed. Now instead of being able to view 5 items/lines per day in month view on the computer, you can only view 4 things per box of the month view (after which you need to click for more). I really like good updates, but Google, you can keep your updates; just give us our space!

  2. Daninbusiness

    I wonder if they'll integrate with Google Inbox or at least start making some steps so they can be merged some day?

  3. rgelb

    #1 feature to fix: re-enable the ability to use push email on iOS devices.

  4. My Hell baby speaking

    I don't know.

    I really hope they keep the theme with the fox master doing tai chi with those two bunnies!

  5. Samr

    Here we go, I bet they are going to ruin it.


    They did a "redesign" of the web Google News site and ruined it, dumbed it down so much it's a joke.


    The best thing I ever did was move from Android to iOS for my phone, Google can't do UI without being dragged kicking and screaming though many user demanded revisions.

  6. fbman

    Cool, at least when they harvest your personal data, the web page will look nice..

  7. Informed

    The updates to Google Calendar and Voice made them "touch friendly" but in doing so enlarged the interface so less text fills the PC screen, a problem for non-touch!

    If Google does that in Gmail without a permanent option to stay on the classic interface there will be many frustrated desktop users.

    Right now Gmail allows for choosing from display density of compact, cozy, or comfortable. I hope they don't remove the compact.

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