Android users might notice something different about Gmail today

Android users might notice something different about Gmail today
You might notice a change to the Gmail app on your Android device today, and feel the need to put on sunglasses while viewing it. That's because the app has been updated with Google's bright white Material Design. When you open Gmail this morning for the first time, you might see a box with the Gmail logo followed by a line that reads "Your favorite email has a fresh new look."

You also will be asked to select one of three options, Default, Comfortable, and Compact. Depending on the choice you make, you will see the same, less, or more email in your inbox at one time before having to scroll down. You can always change the setting by going into the app's general settings page. One thing that you won't find there is an option for Dark mode. Google has added this to many of the apps it has updated with its Material Design to prevent the bright white background from burning a hole in your retina.

With Google expected to close its Inbox app next month, several features from the latter are expected to eventually make their way to Gmail, including the ability to pin an email in the inbox, and group emails together in bundles based on their subject matter.

Besides the brighter look for Gmail, you can now easily switch between accounts by tapping the icon found on the right side of the search bar on the top of the page. You also can manage your Google Account, or add another Gmail account from that menu.



1. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

They need to bring bundles and reminders to gmail to make me switch from inbox. Don't kill inbox, google!

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 2336; Member since: May 04, 2015

It's too damn bright!

2. AbhiD

Posts: 849; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

"and feel the need to put on sunglasses while viewing it" It's not like it was any darker in the previous design. Just that Red top bar has been replaced with white one along with font change and everything being more rounded. That's it. Although it's time Google just f**kin provides dark modes for all it's apps. For a company so BIG, with massive experience in software department, massive resources, it's pathetic how it is taking them so long just to out a decent dark mode. SHAME!

4. ahmadkun

Posts: 613; Member since: May 02, 2016

This is the concept of material design 2 .. all white + drop shadow + Google sans font and more rounded corners .. and if you notice.. this material design 2 crated with dark or night mode on mind .. much easer to switch it to dark or light .. and of course as we saw on the leaked Android Q there is dark mode, google can do it as you said with their big experience with software but to deliver a new thing for millions of people needs a lot of work and test .

3. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Updated this morning as we use Gmail at work, and was pleasantly surprised at the updated UI, very nice Google. :)

6. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Mine had been changed for a few weeks already.

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

yea my Moto Z2 Force got the new look maybe 2 weeks ago. My Note 8 just got it today thou.


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I hate the update. It's absolutely blinding! See - my phone is completely dark themed for the modern beauty of it - not to mention the endurance and visual health benefits. I'm even using dark mode full time now on this modified chrome browser. So opening Gmail now is feeling like a big F-U from Google to me. I hope they add a dark mode soon because it really sucks going from all-dark to a sudden and blinding white. Its kinda like how ladi dadi must've felt when the SEALs came to party...

8. KingOfAndroid

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

You might notice a change to Phonearena today, and feel the need to get some coffee while viewing it. That's because the website has been updated to a new layout.

10. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Don't wanna sound like a racist, but god damn that is white! My eyes are burning.

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