In its official blog, Google has announced that Gmail is all set to get a new improved look. The search engine behemoth has also decided to offer the users a chance to try the new look as a theme.
Google is offering two new themes, “Preview” and “Preview (Dense),” in its themes collection. Reports indicate the new look is similar to Google+ -- a social networking website currently available through invitation only.
According to the official Gmail blog post, “We’re embarking on a series of interface updates to help strip out unnecessary clutter and make Gmail as beautiful as it is powerful. This is part of a Google-wide effort to bring you an experience that’s more focused, elastic, and effortless across all of our products.”
“Look out for these and other new features over the next few months. In the meantime, try out the new themes as a preview of the future of Gmail and let us know what you think.” – Official Gmail blog post.
New look for Gmail
The preview replaces the smaller grey compose button with a bigger, red button with sharper edges. The current themes have red, white and grey colors but Google stated that it will offer more colors once the design rolls out.
Jason Cornwell, User Experience Designer, wrote in the Gmail blog post, “We’re kicking things off with two new themes for you to try out as a sort of sneak peek at what we’re up to. Starting today, you’ll see the “Preview” and “Preview (Dense)” themes in the Themes tab in Gmail Settings.”
Google has announced it will gradually roll out the new changes and will include different screen sizes user preferences.
The post stated, “Look out for these and other new features over the next few months. In the meantime, try out the new themes as a preview of the future of Gmail and let us know what you think.”
Other products set to get a makeover
Google calendar will also get a makeover that will be available to user automatically within a few days.
The Gmail post stated, “Like Gmail, Google Calendar is also getting a new look. You’ll see it automatically within the next few days so there’s no need to turn it on, and we’ll also continue to make improvements there in the coming months.”
The official Google blog also stated, “over the course of the next few months, look for a series of design improvements across all our products, including Google Search, Google Maps and Gmail.”