Google is now rolling out Gmail’s Material You redesign — which was first announced last month — on a larger scale across the web, while also teasing that a tablet refresh is coming later this year.
Update 8/2: Many more people now see the content you redesign in Gmail on both personal and work accounts. One telltale sign — in addition to the default background turning blue and the bolder left sidebar — is the Compose FAB (Floating Action Button) that turns into a rectangle with rounded corners, rather than being a pill.
You can tap the settings gear icon in the top right corner to “Return to the original view,” while “Apps in Gmail” lets you remove Chat, Spaces, and/or Meet.
Original 7/27: The company is using today’s public push to emphasize the “unified” nature of having “Gmail, Chat, Spaces and Meet in one unified view.” Following the preview earlier this year, Google will “begin rolling out to all Gmail users who have Chat enabled.”
You’ll see an uncluttered, streamlined way to switch between apps that you can customize based on what works best for you.
Quick Settings lets you select apps on the left side of your window to switch between, whether it’s Gmail on its own or a combination of Gmail, Chat, Spaces, and Meet.
The main change is an “App main menu” on the left to switch between the different Workspace apps, while chat notification bubbles appear at the bottom of this strip. The next column (the “Collapsible panel”) depends on the application you’re in, with folders and labels that appear for Gmail and people/previous conversations while in Chat.
As for what’s new, Google is adding a filter button to the top right corner of your inbox next to the page switcher/arrows. This drops a row of search chips to narrow down the results. These filters already exist in search results these days, but Gmail is now also surfacing them before you need to enter a search query.
- Type: Mail, Messages (Chat) or Spaces
- From: sender
- To: Receiver
- Always: date range
- Has Attachment: With filters for images, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc.
- is unread
- Exclude calendar invites
This feature hasn’t rolled out yet, even for folks who’ve been using the Material You redesign for the past few weeks.
Material Design 3 takes the form of a blue background (although themes are available, as seen below) to replace the previous white one, and updated buttons, such as “Compose”, which are rectangular with rounded corners instead of a pill .
Finally, Google teased some upcoming capabilities for “later this year”:
… an improved experience for tablet users, better emojis, new accessibility features and much more.
The first entry should be Android-centric and use a navigation rail, but it will be interesting to see if Gmail for iPad gets these updates too, given its popularity.
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