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New Gmail App for Android Possibly Spotted in Google I/O Session, Assuming It’s Not Just an Ugly Mock-up

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Are you looking at the new UI of a redesigned Gmail app for Android? Possibly. The slide above appeared at the “Structure in Android App Design” session at Google I/O, which was focused on teaching developers how to choose which navigation techniques to use in their complex apps. This was the only look at what could potentially be the new Gmail, but if this is indeed it, there are some things worth talking about. 

But before we do that, understand that this was a single slide in a 40-minute presentation that included all sorts of mock-ups for a variety of apps. In fact, shortly after this slide appeared, the presenter showed three different examples of what navigation could look like in the native Android gallery app, only one of which is actually the real deal. So this could be the new Gmail that we were supposed to have seen at I/O, or it could be a mock-up that was used as an example.

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Mock-up from Google I/O

With that said, this new Gmail includes a navigation drawer, or what you may know as a slideout menu. It forfeits the top drop down menu for account or label switching, something the iOS version has had for a long time, and appears to allow you to do all of that with a swipe from the left. We have seen the navigation drawer implemented into a number of Google apps recently, like Drive and the new Google Music. The bottom navigation/action bar also appears to be gone in favor of a set of top buttons for new message, search, and the action overflow. It looks, OK.

One thing I’m confused about, is that there is no way in the screenshot above to either add a new account or switch to another. See, in the iOS version of the app (pictured below), you have a navigation drawer that lists your account along with an arrow button that can be tapped to take you to a screen that allows you to add a new account or switch to another. That is clearly missing in this Gmail for Android mock-up. It also lacks any sort of new polish that we have seen from apps like Google Music and Drive and really looks like nothing more than a boring step up from the old.

I hope that is not the new Gmail. It would almost surprise me if it is the new Gmail. Seems like there should be more to it.

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Gmail app on iOS

Here is the clip (jump to the 23:00 mark):


Via:  YouTube | Android Police

  • kderentz

    Just switched back to Android and my ONLY complaint is the damn Gmail app …. how can iOS have a better Gmail app then android? WTF!

  • They need to get rid of the “Stock” email client and combine the two. Its stupid that you go to two separate email clients for Gmail and everything else.

    • burntcookie90

      One is a gapp the other is from AOSP.

  • Michael Johnson

    Maybe that’s what it looks like if you only have one account, but if you have more accounts set up, it’d have a dropdown? Or maybe this was a screenshot from an app in the works, and they just haven’t gotten to multiple accounts yet?

  • ddevito

    This makes sense, as the other Google apps have the same design language

  • Adam

    Based on the drive app example they showed with the new navigation, I’d say its just a mock up.

  • Okki

    If it’s a mockup, why would “[email protected]” be the email address that’s identified as the account? Would Jens Nagel purposely publish his own email address? Maybe it’s a screen capture from a dev environment?

  • wakefinance

    Considering the fact that they’re cleaning up the application layout, I would guess that the reason there is no obvious way to switch accounts is that this mockup is for gmail with a single account. I suspect that having 2 or more accounts would activate the dropdown we now have to switch.

  • termiNader

    This is obviously a mockup. Why would they point out faults in their newly redesigned, yet to be released app? I just want the iOS version, its beautiful and functional.

  • EC8CH

    J Lo designed this version of Gmail.

    • Ian Smith


    • Warwick

      She needs to add more fonts to finalize it.

      • You mean more fonnnnnnts, and colorrrrrrs, for the cassesssssss.

        • EC8CH

          Go Home J Lo.

          You’re Drunk.

        • Warwick

          Fixed it for you Kellex. Ha!

  • Jason Downing

    Maybe it was an earlier mockup. Like you said, it’s not on the same level as Music and Drive so I imagine there will be more when it’s released

  • gomezdilbert

    Can I empty my trash from the app, Google? Huh, can I? Jesus Christ already.

    • EC8CH


    • mustbepbs

      Just as soon as I can check my history in Chrome as easily as you can in the AOSP browser…

      • Justin Osborne


        Just bookmark that. 🙂

    • Tyler Casilio


    • the_real_patrick_bateman

      You OCD types really have it rough.

  • Looks pretty good. Finally on the same level is iOS

    • sdcoiner76

      Looks fine to me also. It is just a slide out menu. Looks clean and serviceable to me.

      • Haha wow, i didn’t realize the second pics were from an iPod. Fail