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This article was published on May 10, 2014


Google appears to be testing a stunning Gmail overhaul that puts the focus solely on email

Google appears to be testing a stunning Gmail overhaul that puts the focus solely on email
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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

Google is constantly testing new designs and features, but Geek recently spotted a beautiful new visual overhaul of Gmail’s web interface.

The leaked images show a radically simpler inbox with less clutter and a big focus on email itself. These leaked desktop designs also match up with a previous leak of mobile Gmail’s new interface.

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A hamburger menu on the top left hides labels to reduce visual overhaul and a new button on the lower right reveals a menu that offers actions the user can perform, such as composing email or setting a reminder.

Stars appear to have been renamed ‘pins’ and the inbox also appears to allow the user to ‘snooze’ an email for reminder later, just like in Mailbox.

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Gmail hasn’t made many major design tweaks to Gmail since its current layout was rolled out to users in 2011.

It appears Google could be preparing to release this new design in the near future (perhaps at Google I/O), but we don’t have any further details on when it’ll be hitting your inbox just yet.

Update: We contacted Google for comment on this leak but it simply replied “we don’t comment on rumor or speculation.”

 Google is testing new web-based Gmail features [Geek]

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