Gmail for Android update imminent, promises new interface

Daniel Bader

May 24, 2013 1:12pm

Gmail for Android has been rumoured to receive a redesign for some time, and some thought that it would even arrive during Google I/O last week. Instead, we were issued a number of refreshed Google apps, including Play Music, Play Magazines, Play Books, Google Earth and others. Among all these refreshed apps was a unified look, with a left-side navigation bar that includes three lines at the top left — referred to internally at Google as the “hamburger.”

Android Police was looking through some slides from just-released I/O developer sessions and came across a slide showing a newly-updated Gmail for Android interface with, as you may guess, the same left-side sliding bar.

The new look does away with the bottom access bar, bringing the Compose and Search icons to the top right of the screen. There no drop-down action bar to switch between labels, either, as all the main app navigation has been moved to the slide-in menu.

Gmail for Android, while an advanced and competent email client, hasn’t received a significant redesign since October 2011, when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was introduced. Since then, the company has largely unified its design language, both for its own apps and for third-party apps across the ecosystem. This upcoming design refresh may look minor, but it’s a significant step forward in terms of functionality and ease-of-use.

Hopefully it gets released soon. What do you think of the upcoming Gmail redesign?

Source: Android Police

  • Max Fireman

    Pretty excited for this one. The interface on my ipod touch is even better.

  • MarkLastiwka

    Where in the article at all does it say that the update is “imminent”? I see a “Hopefully it gets released soon” but no mention of it being imminent. If I didn’t know any better, I would say mobilesyrup is trying to link bait…

    • o_zzy

      Well the screenshots do suggest that an update will come sooner rather than later. I think you might be a little to harsh with this comment.

      I for one am glad this article was written, I hadn’t even noticed that gmail wasnt following the holo design.

    • MarkLastiwka

      I’ve seen this written about in a few places. None of them mention that it will be released imminently. Since imminently is a pretty strong word, it suggests that the writer has some additional inside information that other sites don’t have about the release (at least that was the only reason I clicked this one, to see when). The article mentioned nothing about it.

      My concern is that adding the word imminent is a very deliberate action to emphasis that it will happen like in the next week, which is disingenuous. As link bait, it worked, because I would not have clicked the article if it was just about the new interface (since lots of other sites and blogs have covered that already).

    • o_zzy

      I see your point now.

  • FKnm

    Am I the only one who feel that google is copying side-sliding from BB10? )

    • Brandon James Starcevic

      You mean like Facebook?

    • FKnm

      Well, I don’t remember who did it first FB or BB.

    • Mike Chung

      Yes, well the concept has been around since facebook. Called sliding menu.

  • Canadaboy

    Make sure I can access my contacts list!

  • Dimsumfum

    $10 says they’ll be copying the version their iOS team made, well for iOS.

  • pmshah

    I have got an undated interface on my Android 4.1.2 device and am not too happy with it. In the older interface forwarding a mail was a snap but in the new one I can’t find it anywhere ! Why is google making changes for the sake of change? Having to turn on the PC just to forward a single mail is going to be a real pain !