Back to the cloud In 2018, in July, Google previewed the theme of materials for Gmail on Android. This redesign officially begins today to be deployed on mobile and presents the latest styles of the company, as well as a handful of features introduced for the first time on the Web.
This mobile redesign for Android and iOS brings many features added to the Web last year. For starters, the application is a dazzling white with the familiar red application bar and focus removed.
At the top is a search box with a hamburger button on the left and a profile icon on the right. This last element can be exploited to allow a faster account change, then a heading towards the navigation drawer. The new quadrichromic FAB for composing messages, such as on the Web, is accessible in the lower right corner.
One of the benefits of bright design lies in the fact that labels and other colors stand out immediately in the conversation lists. Meanwhile, photos, documents and other attachments will be displayed directly in the chat lists for quick access.
The new Google Material Theme icons with bold outlines and hollow interiors are being exploited throughout the redesign, while Gmail is now displaying large red banner warnings for "dangerous" messages. On tablets and other widescreen interfaces, rounded selection indicators are used to note the currently displayed message.
In the grand scheme, this is not a radical overhaul of Gmail mobile apps, but does a lot to modernize it. As we announced last July, this update offers the ability to choose between three density views, just like on the Web: Default, Comfortable and Compact.
The Google Hardware theme for Gmail will be deployed on Android and iOS in the coming weeks.
Updated 2/19: Announced three weeks ago, Google's Gmail Material theme for Android is now widely available tonight. The redesign is being rolled out since January 29th. Version 9.1.13 is now available to all users. Refresh the Updates tab of the Play Store or directly visit the list of apps to install.
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