Gmail promises to show a new "radical" upgrade

Eloise Marshall
April 14, 2018

Gmail is going to get a new look soon, with a new web interface. G Suite customers apparently received word about this Gmail redesign - so check your inbox ASAP because there's another important feature to take note of: emails self-destruct.

Google is hoping the update will give a "fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web" - although it has revealed very few details.

Three layouts will be offered. The new design includes some subtle elements of Google's Material Design, and a number of new features that were originally introduced for Google's Inbox overhaul of Gmail. The default setup will showcase things like photos, documents, and other items that are attached to message, a comfortable option will remove these attachment highlights, and compact mode will show more emails on your screen at once. Well, according to reports from The Verge, the snooze feature will allow an individual to remove a particular email for a designated amount of time.

Google seems to be gearing up to bring a variety of features to Gmail.

"Easy access" to Google apps was touted this morning and we now know that this is referring to a feature called "plugins" by Android Authority. Furthermore, it will have much better integrations with Google's other services like a sidebar for appointments, Google Tasks, and more.

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Sources say that popular Chrome extensions should continue to work in the new Gmail.

"We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase)", a Google spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.

While these "confidential" emails are hard to forward or copy for the sender, it's important to note that there's no word of end-to-end encryption - suggesting that Google can still read the contents of your emails and comply with law enforcement if they're required to give information from your account - so don't send anything you wouldn't be fine with the authorities seeing.

Google is about to launch a new Gmail design in the coming weeks. "Unfortunately users can't always decide on the type of device they have or the kind of connection they are on‚" commented Google Africa chief marketing officer‚ Mzamo Masito.

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