Google Drive gets a brand-new design just like Gmail

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Google Drive has become the latest app from Google to get a new look—the company is going all out to make all its apps look and feel good. On Wednesday, the company made some minor changes to the feel and look of Google Drive—and despite not tweaking its features, the app now looks even more attractive.

Some icons and buttons have been moved around, and Google Drive now spots a new material design to make it even more responsive. This will now make the app to be in line with other products from the company.


We’re making some updates to the look and feel of Google Drive on the web. There’s no change in functionality, but some icons and buttons have moved, and there’s a range of visual tweaks to align with Google’s latest material design principles,” the company said.

Changes made to the new Google Drive include:

  • The logo in the top left has been changed to the Google Drive logo.
  • If you’ve added a custom company logo, it is now in the top right.
  • The Settings icon has been moved in line with the search bar.
  • The Help Center icon has been moved in line with the search bar.
  • The page background is now white, not gray.
  • The “New” button has been updated.
  • The font used for headers has been changed.

Google recently overhauled Gmail email to make it more attractive to users. The world’s most used and most popular email service is now spotting a new design, confidential mode, email snoozing among several other changes rolled out today.

A quick rundown of some of the major features recently added to Gmail include:

Confidential mode: This new feature allows you to set an expiration date for all your sensitive email. What that means is that the email can be revoked at the expiration of a set date. This works by sending a link instead of the confidential email directly to the recipient. The sent link leaves your mailbox from where the recipient is able to access it via his Gmail account or another email service. The sender is always in charge of how long the recipient gets to access the message—it’s all about putting a time-limit on the access granted to the other party.

Two-factor authentication: Still under the confidential mode, Google has added a two-factor authentication feature. The feature allows the sender to request the receiver to authenticate with a passcode received via text message before access to the email is granted. This will now be the norm for all confidential emails you send.

Email snoozing: This is one feature that is gaining a lot of attention these days—a lot of email services are now adopting. Not to be undone by others, email snoozing has now been integrated into Gmail. For now, email snoozing is only available on Gmail on the web. Perhaps, we could yet see this feature added to the Gmail app in no-distant future.

Native offline mode: Google has added a native offline mode to Gmail—making it easier for frequent business travelers to always have access to their mailbox.

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