By now most people would have lost count on the number of apps from Google that have been updated with the popular dark theme feature. Dark theme is not only common to Google; it is a feature virtually every social media company has come to embrace. However, Google seems to be the company with the most apps, and they are not shying away from adding the feature to every one of them. Now, one of the most popular apps in the world—Gmail, is set to join the league.
Though this is just a server-side roll out according to 9to5google, the dark theme is a welcome development. Users will have access to three options including Light, Dark, and System default. The email client adopts a dark gray for the background and navigation drawer, which makes it pretty straightforward.
Avatars, labels, and other colors in the inbox view have now been tweaked, and are not as bright as they used to be. Same goes for all icons and buttons throughout the Android version of the app.
The search bar in the app uses a lighter shade of gray to provide a better visual distinction. While the latter part of the user interface is still spotting a red accent color that indicates what inbox is being used.
One other important section of the app that received the dark theme is the compose screen. Version 2019.08.18.267044774 of Gmail app for Android is required; but you can visit the Play Store to update your app right away.
Last time out, Google added a small but important update to Gmail—an update that will save you the pain of waiting endlessly for a co-worker to respond to an urgent email. The new update, according to Google, will alert you when next you want to send an email to a co-worker who just stepped out of the office.
Instead of getting an automatic reply when you send an email to such a colleague, a new feature in Gmail and Calendar has now been added to alert you ahead of composing that mail. Before you hit the compose button, Google will alert you—saving you stress and time in the process.
You will see a new yellow banner at the bottom of the email or chat composer to let you know the person is out of office. This new yellow light has now been added to both Gmail and Hangouts chat. That said, people would need to have created an out of office entry in their calendar—this will enable Google to know that they are away from the office and unable to reply to urgent emails.
The function will be available for users by default. Users can, however, disable it in the calendar settings-> Access permissions-> Show calendar info in other Google apps, limited by permissions. It is, however, currently not available to all users. G-Suit users, however, will be able to access it.