Gmail mobile redesign brings features from web to iOS and Android

Gmail mobile redesign brings features from web to iOS and Android

With an update arriving in the coming weeks, Gmail apps will gain feature parity (or close to it) with the desktop version.

Earlier this month, Google started rolling out its Material Design update for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites and now, it is expanding it to Gmail apps for iOS and Android. By tapping your account icon, you can switch between your various Google accounts without having to open the slide-out menu first, which is a nice little touch for people who access both their personal and work emails within the same app. "We've heard from you that this functionality is critical to quickly and efficiently write emails, especially when you want to visually indicate a change in language", says Google about the Strikethrough button in its blog post.

The first new feature will be a welcome one for web users (or those of you migrating from Inbox, which will shut down soon): The ability to view attachments from the main screen without actually opening the email thread and scrolling to the bottom. The web version of Gmail got this treatment a year ago, switching to a slightly layered, white-dominant layout anchored by a compose button that features the new Google four-color plus symbol found in most of its latest app refreshes. Firstly, the persistent Red bar on the top has been removed, which is now replaced by a persistent search bar, which is in White and looks much cleaner.

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The new redesign gets rid of the prominent red banner on the top, which has been on Gmail for a while now. Last year, Google's Gmail service saw a significant new material design overhaul, which made the service more appealing and the newly introduced smart machine learning reply algorithms were a bonus. The big red phishing warnings to alert you also now show up in your Gmail app now.

Google says the redesign is part of a larger effort to make G Suite look and act like a family of products, designed in the Google Material Theme.

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