If you feel like you’ve seen a lot of posts about Gmail’s re-rolling over the past few months, it’s not just you: Google has been teasing and testing features for new, integrated quick access to apps like Chat and Meet since the dawn of time. year. Last month, it also introduced a new look for Gmail based on the Material You design philosophy. Now this is all And last but not least rollout in a single update to all users in the coming weeks.
Let’s make a few things clear. The material you redesign with new shades for reading emails and all the panels are being rolled out for everyone. The integrated view – with the side panel with icons for Mail, Chat, Spaces and Meet – is rolling out to everyone who has Chat enabled. If you don’t like it, you can switch back to the old Gmail view from the Quick Settings menu.
The new redesign brings filter buttons called search chips like “Has attachment” or “Is unread” to the inbox view. Previously, these filters were available in the search box or when users scrolled through the results of a search, meaning users had to go through that extra step to access these filters.
The company also rolls contextual improvements in search suggestions. Google now prioritizes the first name and email addresses over the last name when searching for contacts. In addition, Gmail takes historical conversations into account while displaying personalized suggestions. For example, it shows the name of a colleague with whom you often communicate, above another person with the same name.
Google said it is also working on optimizing the emoji experience and Gmail for tablets with the aim of releasing these features later this year. Earlier this week, the company introduced new tablet-centric features for Drive, Keep, Docs, Slides and Sheets, including drag-and-drop for images and files in apps and a multi-window experience for Drive. Hopefully, Google will introduce some of these features in Gmail.