In 2014, Google first announced its Material Design language. Now, the company named it Material Theme. We have experienced an update last year to those design rules and it eliminated the bold colors in harmony of an entirely new white look. Google has redesigned most of its prominent apps and services during 2018. Those changes include Gmail, Calendar, Tasks, photos, and latter just on the web. The company now presented a redesigned Gmail for mobile. It will be available for all Android and iOS users during the coming weeks.
The functionality of the new Gmail mobile app doesn’t show a major difference as we have experienced before. People will find a button in the lower-right corner to compose a new email, just like before. It is just white with a multi-colored Plus sign. You will find the same glyph that shows up in Gmail and Drive on the web. The iconic top red bar is now white, and the whole top area is a search bar.
The old app needed tapping a smaller target to get into search. There is also a shortcut right to the account switcher on the main page. Some of the features that came to the web version of Gmail, now make their way to mobile. Supposedly the most recognizable is that attachment previews will show up below the messages. It will make much easier to both find messages with attachments and get a sense of the content.
Google also has “comfortable” and “compact” density options that remove attachment previews and avatars, respectively. It is for those that prefer to see more messages. The large red phishing warnings that Gmail on the web shows also now show up in the app. It visually looks just like you’d expect if you’ve tried any of Google’s recent mobile apps. It is actually all white with the new Google font throughout.