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Google Announces New Gmail Inbox Experience for Web and Mobile, Including Android and iOS

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The rumors from last week were true, a new Gmail has arrived this morning for both Android and iOS, along with a new inbox experience for the web. The new inbox could feature categories for Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates, and Forums, but it appears as if you can choose which categories you want to utilize. As Google explains it, “Your inbox is organized in a way that lets you see what’s new at a glance and decide which emails you want to read when.” 

In the mobile apps for Android and iOS, you’ll see your primary email upon opening the app, but can easy swipe from the left (new navigation bar) to access addition categories.

The new inbox is rolling out gradually to the web, Android, and iOS over the next few weeks. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the apps come out much sooner though.

Here is what the Android version will look like:

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Via:  Gmail Blog

  • DeeJay Jazzy Heffer

    Will this update fix the ability to download attachments again? The last update killed viewing attachments on my Nexus 7 & S3.

  • Michael S

    If you want to get the new inbox now, simply head here: http://bit.ly/getgmailinbox

    • Nadora

      Awesome, thanks!

  • Nev827

    This redesigned app totally does not work on my iphone. Either that or the roll out is screwy. Every time I try to log into the app to access email, it says “oops! something went wrong! please log in again” I tried logging in like 5 times today. Uninstalled and reinstalled the app three times and that didn’t work either. I hope they get it right.

  • normmcgarry

    Thank god. New Gmail app supports gifs. Practically a dealbreaker without it.

  • This is the best thing to happen this year.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    so i watched the video like 10 times and paused it at 0:52. the way that account is selected makes me wonder if there will be multiaccount support or if it just looks cool @AnotherAndroidKid:disqus

    • I’m very sure they’re keeping support for multiple accounts.

  • Joel

    WOO! This is what I wanted! I hate my G+ and random sales popping up in my inbox. Thanks Google!

  • Guest

    That might be the worst PhotoShopped thumb I’ve ever seen.

  • ChrisCorp

    That first big pictures looks really cluttered. Why do I have to have a separate inbox for different subjects? I think it just looks too confusing and messy. I might be wrong. I guess we’ll find out soon.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Why would google or anyone think i use the same email addy for everything? That’s the real problem with this and google now. It should pull from all accounts signed in on the phone, not just one.

  • Love the idea. looking forward to the release

  • Ray Gray

    something i didnt know i needed until i watched the video

  • Beebboopbap

    That has to be the most uncomfortable way to hold your phone…

    • schoat333

      how do you hold yours, with your feet?

  • sant0s

    i did this already with labels and filters, hopefully this is a better interface

  • So Google is once again using this retarded slow roll out feature announced at I/O no good as come of this for consumers, just delayed updates… god damn it…

    • Justin Schmiesing

      Jesus, you sound like Google killed your dog or something.

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    • Nathaniel Webb

      I think we get your feelings about staged rolllouts. You may go now.

  • possomcrast

    I prefer the Beatles’ version of the song in the video. 🙂

  • mustbepbs

    But the real question is:

    Can I empty my trash from the Android app?

    • John

      Curious, why do you need to? It doesn’t count towards your allotted space anyway. But yeah, surprised such a simple function isn’t included.

      • ßen Murphy

        Trust me, it matters. For the OCD in all of us.

        • Jon

          Deleting email is so late 90s.

      • laceyq

        Because it’s a mailbox 101 feature that would take all of an hour for Google devs to encode and 99% of everyone would use it if they had it. It’s like a pizza joint not offering pepperoni. Why? Why not? Why is it so excrutiatingly beyond their comprehension to be able to add this one, simple, necessary, wanted functionality?

        • GuidZilla

          I’m willing to bet that 99% is highly exaggerated as it seems many people simply participate in the Out of sight, Out of mind method of deletion.

        • addicuss

          This isnt a feature i want or need so I must be the 1%. gmail is designed around the philosophy that you dont need to trash anything just archive it so it’s effectively trashed and out of the way, unless you actually need it which happens fairly often. I’ve never really understood the fuss some people make over this. I find the ability to look up an email I archived that I never thought I’d need again far more useful than the ability to permanently delete things on a regular basis (which in turns heightens the chance you’ll be unable to do the former.)

          • Jon

            Yep…I think people that are still deleting missed the memo somewhere along the way. The very genius and innovative thing about Gmail from the very beginning, was that it allowed you to stop having to worry about managing your inbox so much. They give you a crap load of storage, so you just archive messages away without worrying that your somehow permanently deleting something important. And since there is virtually unlimited space for email, why bother deleting anymore? It’s an antiquated way of using email and it’s sad that folks don’t get it and are still wasting so much time.

          • Michael Lierman

            I disagree. At least for me, I have notifications emailed to me for various things. Once I’m notified, that’s it, I don’t need that email anymore. As soon as I see it, it’s not worth keeping. For example, monthly bank statements, notifications for voicemails and missed calls, annoying welcome emails and newsletter from websites that make me sign up. This is all garbage that will never be useful to me, except for the notifications which can be read and then deleted.

          • Jon

            But time is more precious no? I argue that the time it takes to think Delete or Archive…is just not worth it. And that’s a decision I would have to make dozens of times each day. That’s time compounded. Much better to just quickly archive with no worry of accidentally or intentionally deleting something that may be useful in in the future, and that really doesn’t get in the way if just archived. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to search random things that I’m so glad I did not delete.

          • addicuss

            I’m still missing your point… so you archive it. it doesn’t come back to haunt you later. If you never need it archiving it does the same thing as delete. Really the only difference is that you know it still exists somewhere, but if you never look it up what difference does it make. if an email gets archived in a forest and no one is around.. does it still make a sound.

      • Because the one time she caught me was when I forgot to empty my deleted items when i got home.

        • Victor Breaux

          lol. I chuckled

      • mustbepbs

        That’s just how mail works. You need to be able to purge yourself of the filth in your trash can.

    • Probably not. 😛

    • Jon

      You actually use Trash? I have had Gmail since the very beggining, I just Archive everything. With virtually unlimited storage, and excellent search capabilities, there is no need to have to think about what goes in the trash and what gets archived. I just archive everything.

    • DroidFTW

      Does Gmail for Android have a unified inbox for multiple accounts?

  • picaso86

    Did anyone receive this update yet?

    • No… Google is doing staged roll-outs for every update nowadays… Ugh starting to hate Google Play.

      • sirmeili

        Staged roll-outs are what are best for the user and the developer though. It allows the developer to limit the risk of releasing a widespread uncaught error/bug to all the users at once.

        • in before staged roll-outs we had no such thing, and if we did it was fixed within the day the update went out… this feature as a developer is a great one, but as a consumer who wants the latest asap… it’s awful.

        • brkshr

          This & they have almost a billion devices to update. If everyone hit their server at once, they would be in trouble.

  • gregmr

    Going based off the picture alone, I’m going to miss those check-boxes for quick mass-deletions/archives

    • possomcrast

      I’d really like the “swipe” feature to delete things instead of archiving them.

      • You can set it up to do that in the settings

        • possomcrast

          Really? I never knew that.

          • Yep, and it will even use that in place of archive for the notification message too.

          • possomcrast

            Thanks for the tip I must have overlooked this.

          • IrishSid

            Don’t be so hard on yourself, most people overlook simple things, it’s why computer repair is so lucrative

      • Jon

        Um that’s already there…and like by default. Been there for a while.

    • brkshr

      I’m guessing you’ll be able to long-press on one item, then select more items to go along with it. Kinda how the Gallery (stock Android) & Hangouts is set up.

  • gbenj

    They said in the blog post that the apps will go live in the next few weeks, so may not be today or so soon…maybe timed with a potential 4.3 release.

  • Alexander Anteneh

    shows 4:30 as the time…

    • Screenshot they included still shows 4:20, but yeah, the video shows 4:30.

      • 4/20…. Hmmmm.

        • Pengwn

          Even though they’re all tokers in my book, google shows the time to correspond with their OS version. 4:20 = 4.2, 4:30 = 4.3

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      i’m a little lost, what’s your point?

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        implies android 4.3

        • Daeshaun Griffiths

          LETS GOOOOO!!!!

  • Shane Redman

    AH HA! There’s some news