Google begins rolling out overhauled Gmail iOS & Web interfaces

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Google on Wednesday detailed a series of changes now rolling out to Gmail users, primarily focused on the Web, but also including some upgrades for iPhone and iPad owners.

The new Gmail on Android - iOS changes should look similar.
The new Gmail on Android - iOS changes should look similar.


These include optional "high-priority" notifications, in which case the Gmail app will only trigger notifications for messages it considers significant. The app can also suggest unsubcribing from newsletters and promotions that go unopened.

On the Web, people can "snooze" messages, use previously mobile-only Smart Replies, and open attachments from the inbox without having to delve into a message thread. New alerts will flag potentially dangerous mail or prompt people to follow up on older messages.

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Added shortcuts make it easier to jump to other Google Web apps such as Calendar and Tasks. Perhaps one of the most important changes, though, is "confidential mode," enabled when composing a message. This will remove the option for recipients to copy, forward, download, or print messages, which can also be set to self-destruct after a certain amount of time has elapsed.

Google hasn't said when changes to the mobile app will become available, but some Web changes are appearing on Wednesday and the rest will arrive in "coming weeks." Where available the switch to the new Gmail interface can be forced by clicking the Settings gear icon then on "Try the new Gmail."

For the time being this can be reversed by opening Settings then selecting "Go back to classic Gmail." Google will likely make the new interface default once it's satisfied with its reception.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    GeorgeBMacGeorgeBMac Posts: 4,714member
    Hopefully this will spur Apple to upgrade their own mail app.   It's feeling pretty dated and basic.
    tylersdadSoundJudgmentpbone15boxcatcherjony0
  • Reply 2 of 11
    felix01felix01 Posts: 246member
    I'm not seeing the option to try the new Gmail with either Safari or Chrome browsers. I take it they must be doing this incrementally based on some parameter. 
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Hopefully this will spur Apple to upgrade their own mail app.   It's feeling pretty dated and basic.

    Agreed. I would really like to see Smart Mailboxes in Mail on iOS.
    lowededwookie
  • Reply 4 of 11
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,902member
    Ew...people still use Gmail? Don't touch anything Google with a 100ft pole!
    GeorgeBMacjony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 11
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,764member
    macxpress said:
    Ew...people still use Gmail? 
    Only a billion people or so and rising, largest in the world by active user. You could use a different metric tho, the number of emails opened by service, and there you'd find Apple iPhone mail and Gmail running neck and neck. There's a big drop off after the top three. 
    edited April 2018
  • Reply 6 of 11
    tzeshantzeshan Posts: 1,980member
    Hopefully this will spur Apple to upgrade their own mail app.   It's feeling pretty dated and basic.
    No! Mail app already has VIP list. Google is copying Apple. 
  • Reply 7 of 11
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,764member
    tzeshan said:
    Hopefully this will spur Apple to upgrade their own mail app.   It's feeling pretty dated and basic.
    ...Google is copying Apple. 
    lol... :)
    edited April 2018
  • Reply 8 of 11
    pbone15 said:
    Hopefully this will spur Apple to upgrade their own mail app.   It's feeling pretty dated and basic.

    Agreed. I would really like to see Smart Mailboxes in Mail on iOS.
    That's my wish as well. I make massive use of Smart Mailboxes but they just don't show up on my iOS devices.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    jony0jony0 Posts: 269member
    And editable or configurable groups in Contacts, then selectable in Mail.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 14,224moderator
    macxpress said:
    Ew...people still use Gmail? Don't touch anything Google with a 100ft pole!
    It would be good if Apple offered an easy to setup email system like the ability to add proxy email addresses to an iMessage account. You'd just go into a settings panel and request a username, which would be created at some Apple domain name or a custom domain name. Then the messages get forwarded to/from the iMessage account and could be setup in Mail. If there's a lot of spam, just delete the forwarder and setup a new account with the option to whitelist all contacts from non-deleted messages and any messages sent to the old alias from the whitelist would be sent to the new proxy address. Users could be limited to a single active email address per iMessage account but could have unlimited subgroups.

    - iMessage/Messages account setup first
    - user requests an email account attached to this so no need to setup passwords or server settings, just request e.g [email protected]
    - user signs up to a service and when they put in the email, there can be a suggestion to add an auto-generated subgroup like [email protected] (maybe hash of the domain being signed up to).
    - if the user gets spam through the subgroup, they just block the subgroup. If there's spam on the whole account, make a new id and whitelist the existing contacts, iMessage can keep the old id active but only forward whitelisted contacts from it to the new id

    Email has always been a pain to create a new account and setup and because Google needs it for Youtube, webmaster tools, Android, it becomes the default email for a lot of people. Apple device users would be much better off relying on Apple's services.
    edited April 2018
  • Reply 11 of 11
    tallest skiltallest skil Posts: 43,399member
    gatorguy said:
    Only a billion people or so and rising
    Sure that isn’t just the spambots?
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