Earlier this year, Google has been testing a new UI for Gmail that makes it easier to switch between applications and it is quite similar to Google’s Material You design. According to the latest blog from Google, everyone will soon start using Gmail with its new design.
Starting from today, the new UI will become opt-out rather than opt-in for some users. This means that some users will have the redesign as the default experience, they will still have the choice to switch back to the old layout. Despite this, people who choose to test it out will still have the option to opt-in.
The new Gmail is aimed to have an integrated view that enables easy access to other Google apps like Chat and Meet from a single user interface. Applications are neatly hidden away in the left pane, as seen in the screenshot above, and options for labels and emails are now displayed in full next to them as well.
Now that the applications are in their new place, you can use Chat and Meet in the same browser window without having to navigate between tabs or windows. Each application will also show notification bubbles. In the future, Google will provide a unified search experience that will include results from connected applications like Chat.
Google had previously announced that the new Gmail would become the default view for everyone by the end of Q2 2022.