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Google Reportedly Readies New UI for Android Gmail Users

We know a few folks around these parts that would go so far as to say Android is somehow the step child to Google. With their apparent love for iOS, showering of Apple’s users with gifts of gorgeous UIs, and Hangouts with Google Voice built-in, it’s easy to see that in no way does Google discriminate against people who don’t rock Android as their daily driver.

If you use Google services, whether on Android or not, you best believe their teams will attempt to deliver a good user experience. For quite some time now, iOS users of Gmail have been treated to a fancy UI, with Android still rocking a mildly-ugly interface for the email service. According to Geek, who posted up screenshots of an upcoming Gmail build, it looks like Android users are in for the same UI treat, finally. 

The overall look is rather flat, going along with every other interface that has been seeing updates. 2013-14 has been all about the flatness. From what we can take away in the screenshots, it pretty much looks like the same Gmail, just a new appearance. As for new features, it appears we have a new “pinned” feature, which allows users to pin emails to the top of their inbox. In addition, it is reported that there is also a “snooze” feature, allowing users to snooze email notifications – much like we see with Google Hangouts.

No word as to when we can expect to see this UI roll out, but the source states it could still be quite some time away.

Take a look at the screenshots below, then let us know your thoughts below.


Via: Geek
  • Edward Smith


  • Andrew Roods

    I really, REALLY hope this new release will include the option to turn OFF the infamous Conversation View. Currently, you can only turn it off in the web version.

  • ShawnLaverty

    Can we email groups in the new update? Drives me crazy I can’t email groups with the native android gmail app

  • The screenshot is fake, Google wouldn’t use a blue action bar and non-native switch/search icon up there. The navigation drawer icon would be on the far left for Android, without any space on the left side, unless it’s on iOS..

  • Jacob Dagenais

    Any sign of signatures syncd from the web?

  • Shaun Hammond

    Just as I leave Android for my phone, damn. I think this is really a sign of what we’re going to see in Android 4.5/5.0. More colour, less shadows and gradients, more vectors. I’m a fan of that, and I’ve been really enjoying the Gmail app on the iPhone, looks much better than the sad grey Android app.

    Definitely picking up a Nexus 7/8/9/whatever this year to muck around with if this is the type of redesign we get from Google.

  • Daniel Lujan

    I always enjoy a UI refresh. Keeps me entertained lol.

  • jonzey231

    That little switch at the top looks just like an iPhone. I’ll pass.

    • Chris



  • Chris

    Looks good. As long as we can still have the trypical inbox and none of these group nonsense it will be fine.

  • I highly doubt this is the final version. This looks like an iOS port with a flat design. That navigation drawer icon is nonstandard. There’s no way Google would do that. If they added a standard action bar and change that switch icon, it’ll look great though.

  • Vlad

    My money is on Android 4.5/5.0 at IO 2014.

  • Wow, that action is taking up way to much screen real estate.

  • BrianLipp

    Wait, people think the Android Gmail app is ugly? It’s designed like every other Google app, pretty much following the Design Guidelines. It doesn’t have a lot of color, because, well, the main Gmail color is white. Unless they are radically changing the Design Guidelines for Android (which i don’t think they’ve even updated to include the Settings and Help in the Hamburger menu that most Google apps have) this would be a major departure from how every other Android app looks, and looks more like a 3rd party app than an actual Google one.

    • chucklehead322

      I happen to like the present UI. I wish it was more color customizable but I don’t see anything wrong with it.

      • Chris

        few years from now when we are using a new UI you’ll be saying the same thing when they are about to change it again

    • Chris

      maybe google is changing things up this year…..

      doesn’t hurt to open your mind a little….

      • BrianLipp

        I’m not saying Google can’t change their mind, just seems odd that they would do that drastic of a UI overhaul since they just started, and haven’t finished, pushing out an updated version of Holo with the overflow menu mostly gone.

        And this design will be ok if the entirety of Android is being updated to match it, or at least all the other Google apps are as well. At the same time I mean too. If this gets updated to look like that and then it’s months before any other Google app gets a similar makeover, it’s just going to look out of place.

        • Shaun Hammond

          If this is real, it’s definitely going to go hand-in-hand with a full redesign of the OS and other apps. And hopefully this time they really push for more 3rd party developers to follow the guidelines. At least they’re pushing Samsung to tone down on UI changes, and Sense is now looking very similar to AOSP (no more gradients, a lot more flatter looking).

          If Google redesign, I think they’re going to learn from past mistakes.

  • gunslinger

    will it tell what email # of total i have when reading an email? i loved that feature (especially when reading a bunch of forum update emails) to know how many unread emails i had left.

  • JeremyRoenickDanceParty

    This. Looks. Awful. Gmail is perfect they way it is. It’s email. I don’t need all these colors and icons and white space for email. Just show me the email!

    • Chris

      ok. so no html email for you thern!

  • Raven

    Looks alright as long as they don’t waste too much screen real estate. My question with Gmail has always been why don’t they add the most requested feature ever which is sorting by other things like From and Subject. I still primarily use Gmail via Thunderbird on my PC. I never use the web UI, and I only use my phone for basic reading of unread mails. All serious email use gets put off until I can get back to my PC.

  • tylerc23

    Hate the Top part. That Pin toggle makes it look old and back to that Gradient look. Hate the the blue, and also hate that the Menu button is blue but the Inbox is in White.
    Love everything else. It’s just the Top that I don’t like

  • LexLuthor

    And yet still no way to disable conversation mode? Not interested then.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I love it. Doesn’t take take from their guidelines. They have been making the move to circular icons Finally some color. Its looks googly

  • Matthew

    Prove me wrong and I will be happy.

  • Colton

    looks okay to me… but that switch??

  • TheWenger

    Looks like they’re really working that SlidingPaneLayout they use in the Hangouts app.

  • miri

    Listening to laymen talk about design guidelines makes me want to cry.

  • morteum

    I really hope they don’t adjust the sliding hamburger icon. I hate it just sitting there for no good reason like on iOS.

  • Scott Tucker

    As long as they don’t redesign Android Hangouts in the same way as the new iOS version, we’re good. That is some hideous UI. This Gmail update looks much needed. What I really want from a new Gmail app is the ability to view my non-gmail accounts in it. Google needs to unify email in the same way they unified Messaging and Hangouts.

    • Albert

      Yup. I’ve been saying the same thing for years now about combining email and gmail.

  • BillySuede

    sign me up.

  • brkshr

    I’m not big on the blue and it almost makes me skeptical of these claims. GMail has been red for 10 years. Why would they change the colors?

    • Blue is a colour of trust, most banks use it. Trust issues?

    • Chris

      red icon maybe, but its mostly al;ways been blue and white. look at the old web interface.

  • mcdonsco

    Again? Sheesh…

  • Arnold

    I hope they keep the “Upcoming” and “Done” items in the menu, which I’m sure refer to Google Now reminders/tasks. I’d love to see that integrated better.

  • AbbyZFresh

    This is a big screwup. Looks like the iOS design. Why not stick to the Android guidelines like you made your developers to do for the past year. Now you want to change the UI again with this Google?

    One of my biggest problems with Google is they make changes too quickly without much notice. Make your choice carefully.

  • Jivester

    What is up with the Android Buttons on the bottom? 4.5?

    • Scott Tucker

      Looks like HTC’s soft buttons.

      • Chris

        it is…..

  • Cowboydroid

    I’ve never thought Gmail on Android was “ugly.” Rather, the opposite. This new UI looks a little iphoney.

    • morteum


    • Chris Hannan

      Same. Android’s Gmail app looks better than iOS’s.

      • Miguel

        I don’t like the iOS gmail, it feels like their OS, a little childish.

        • Chris

          @Cowboydroid:disqus @Channan:disqus @palomosan:disqus

  • Defenestratus

    Gird your loins… changes to Google core apps never are smoothly implemented.

  • Daniel

    ehh, TOO WHITE, I wish they had a dark theme or allowed for us to change the background there

    • morteum

      The current Gmail UI has more white in it than this.

  • henettaja

    I really like it but it doesn’t look Android at all. I would love it if Google would update the whole Android UI to follow this same somewhat colorful and flat design language but they can’t even make the whole UI follow the black with white highlights design introduced in KitKat. I hope they have learnt. Would be weird if they could only make the apps look good but not the whole OS.

  • Droid Ronin

    Loving it.

  • Fredrik

    No dont make the main color blue…. Red is the original color for gmail, let it stay that way, please!

  • James Monday

    What does “Upcoming” refer to in this context?

    • Arnold

      Google Now reminders/tasks, I’m sure.

      • James Monday

        That’s what I figured, but this seems like a weird place for them to show up. Reminders can be created and/or viewed directly through Google Now, through Google Keep, and now potentially through Gmail?

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    How do you add that finance tab? It isn’t one of the preset 5 tabs on gmail now.

  • Nathan Borup

    No way this is the real thing… the Inbox text at the top doesn’t line up between the 2 pictures

  • Liquidretro

    I dislike the one on the left. I want to see more info at once and then can dive into the message if I want to see details. I hope there is a compact mode.

  • Javier Rivera Carozzi

    Ugly as f*ck. Where’s the hamburger menu?

  • TSK

    Still really skeptical about this. It does look a lot like iOS, but after finally getting app developers on board with their current guidelines, why on earth would google change them up a that much. That pin button looks just like the new iOS 7.1 buttons/switches and a lot of the icons throughout both screenshots don’t match up with google’s current standards. I think that this is a purely internal build and some features/ui tweaks may trickle out eventually but the app won’t have that much of a change up. At least not all at once.

    • Cowboydroid

      It looks like someone just took the iphone UI and pasted it on an Android device.

      • TSK

        Perhaps the Google iOS team test the apps out on their android phones? Seems unlikely but this just screams iOS but it’s clearly on an M8.

      • This. I’m 99% convinced this screenshot is for an iOS update not Android.

  • T4rd

    They’re not launching it on iOS first?! =p

  • XvierX

    I like. Maybe we can expect this and the camera update around I/O?

  • Derek Traini

    Call me crazy, but I love it! It looks as if the look of the Android Wear UI is coming to Android!

    • The Narrator
      • Derek Traini


        • The Narrator

          Oh I’m sorry, do you not believe in freedom? That sucks bro

          • napes22

            Freedom to have an ugly UI? I’ll stick with Google’s design.

          • Chris

            you mean a design that could be very well googles next one?

          • We know you are gay, you don’t have to express it in all of your posts.

          • The Narrator

            I’m not, but I support them because I live in the United States, home of the free. Not “home of the religious crooks who don’t believe in freedom”.

          • This is an article about a new UI for Gmail. Don’t make it some political or ethical debate.

          • jolt.ball

            ^ ..

          • michael arazan

            They only support freedom and religion for all when it suits their needs it seems.

      • KleenDroid


    • Chris

      its already there. its called google now

  • Dirge

    I like it, though I prefer all my email in just my inbox, not other folders. *shrugs* Its just what I am used too.

  • Shane Redman