Gmail app is rolling out new design, Material Theme on iOS and Android

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Credit: https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/29/18201193/gmail-mobile-app-redesign-material-theme-android-iphone

Google is pushing out a new look Gmail app for iOS and Android, and I am sure you are going to like it. The redesign is based on the Material Theme, which you already know by now is available on the web version of the world’s most popular email service. The look may have changed, but the truth is that the functionality of the Gmail app remains the same as you have always known it to be.

The popular red bar at the top has been discarded, while the app now looks lighter with a cleaner look. The account switcher has switched position, and is now located at the upper right-hand side where it has now been integrated with the search bar. The search bar, according to The Verge, is the main navigation for the Gmail app, and now contains the hamburger menu button and the account switcher. Meanwhile the “Floating Action Button” retains its position down the lower-right corner of the app.

A couple of new features have found their way to the app. Among others, you now have options for different spacing of the emails in your inbox, such as default, comfortable, and compact. Choosing the default view gives you access to extra white space and little buttons that gives you direct access to tap into attachments on emails. Compact on the other hand is just as it sounds—makes things a bit tighter.

The redesign and Material Theme have started rolling out on Android, while iOS users can expect to start seeing the updates in the next couple of weeks.

Just last week, Google started adding more exciting updates and shortcuts to consolidate its leading position among email providers. The email service provider added new compose formatting and download options to the web version.

Three new features have now been added to the email service. These include, shortcut to undo/redo in the compose window, shortcut to strikethrough text, and ability to download messages as EML files in rfc822 format from Gmail on the web.

Strikethrough: to allow for quick and efficient composition of emails, a strikethrough option is also being added to Gmail. Strikethrough according to Google, is a “visual cue that something has been completed or can be used as an edit suggestion.”

Undo/redo: this shortcut is being added to enable you to undo an action. If for instance you accidentally delete the content of your draft, of an email, you can undo this straight from the compose view. A redo option has also been added to complement the undo option.

Download as .EML: this format, which is recognized by other email clients, allows you to view the Gmail content along with attachments within these clients. In addition, with this functionality, you can now add these downloaded messages as attachments in your emails.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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