It looks like Gmail is getting a makeover. The brand-new version of Google’s popular, free email service features plenty of user-friendly upgrades: a cleaner design, improved search functions, high-resolution themes and more.
All of this was revealed in a new video that wasn’t meant to be seen yet. Google produced a slick presentation featuring Jason Cornwell (Gmail’s user experience designer) and accidentally released it on its YouTube channel. Before they could take it down, a quick-thinking YouTube user reposted it. It was only a matter of time before it was spotted by blogs like Google Operating System and Mashable.
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Users who switched over to Gmail’s Preview theme during the summer probably already have a decent idea of what to expect, at least when it comes to the clean, minimal design. Still, a lot has changed, almost all for the better.
Profile pictures will be bigger, giving conversation threads a visually dynamic social media vibe. Gmail will also automatically adjust to fit the size of the browser window and let you modify the display density.
You’ll also be able to adjust the size of the labeling and chat boxes, a nice move that should let neat freaks and social butterflies maximize what’s most important to them. Perhaps the most exciting development is the new search box; advanced search options will now pop down unobtrusively instead requiring you to click through to a clunky set of search fields. Overall, it looks like it’s going to be a huge improvement, although we won’t know for sure until we actually get to test it out.