Gmail Just Got A New Look!
This is mainly an update of the old interface towards the new look consistent with Google+. They’re hoping this will make it easier and more familiar for the millions of GMail account owners to actually use the new Google+ social network, that’s desperately lacking human activity!
More details in the official video:
Despite my “Sociable and Nice” nature I don’t have much to complain about this new change. Fortunately, unlike Facebook, they took a decent approach for this update, and managed to keep most things and functionalities (more or less in the same familiar places) and added some new features as well.
Google earlier this year already gave a “head’s up” warning about the new look for Gmail with a “Preview” theme. Some of the new things are:
The top of the page, the labels and chat contacts are now “sticky“, remaining visible at all times. You can change the size of the labels and chat area, showing either more labels or more chat contacts. It gets a bit annoying that this is modified automatically by hovering your mouse over one of the areas..
They have redesigned the Conversation view for faster and easier use of the email threads. Now you will see the contact’s picture and just a summary of his email content for easier navigation.
A more “handy” search screen will pop up for an easier search and also with the possibility to create a filter.
Full screen images provided by iStockphoto may now decorate your GMail. Now you can open your GMail just to watch the pretty pictures… Weee!
You may now change the screen size and density based on your preference or device you are using. The’re calling this Elastic density
Not for you but for Google, of course! The main feature of this new look are the adds that stick out way more than before. You didn’t think they are doing all of this work for your benefit, right?!
Now if you want, you may even switch back to the old interface (from the Settings menu) but this option will be removed soon as the new GMail look will become final.