Major Gmail Update Coming Soon: New Look With Better Search and Updated Conversation View

A few months ago, Google launched a preview of a new look for Gmail that is more in line with the general redesign of all of Google’s products. Today, a Google employee mistakenly made a video demo of the other changes that are coming to Gmail available on YouTube (sounds like a familiar story?).  That video has been set to private again now, but you can find a copy here and at the end of this post. Chances are, Google will make this update official very soon.

So what’s coming for Gmail? Besides making the current preview theme the default, Google will also roll out updates to its other themes. According to Google, the idea behind the new look is to “make it as clean, simple and intuitive” as possible.


The conversation view now also looks a bit more like the “preview pane” Gmail labs experiment the company introduced earlier this year. Among other things, the conversations view now features profile picture to, as Google says, to make your message threads more “like a conversation.”

Other updates include a redesigned advanced search menu. Instead of having to type in relatively arcane commands like “subject: Google,” the new search box gives you separate fields for searching for specific subjects and for emails from specific contacts  and with certain keywords. You can also now create new filters right from the search box.

The whole site has been redesigned to fit better on any size of screen, too. The new default theme features a lot of white space that brings the information density of the default view down by quite a bit. For those who prefer to see more messages by default, Gmail will allow users to tweak these settings.


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7 Responses to "Major Gmail Update Coming Soon: New Look With Better Search and Updated Conversation View"
  1. Reply clarehitchens October 20, 2011 18:25 pm

    @fredericl I like them a lot — you think people won’t?

    • Reply fredericl October 20, 2011 18:26 pm

      @clarehitchens I just wonder if people will have a Facebook-like reaction to change 🙂

      • Reply clarehitchens October 20, 2011 18:56 pm

        @fredericl it’s possible. FB people seem to be ideologically opposed to change, though. My Google already has some changes toward new look

  2. Reply ColinWalker October 20, 2011 18:46 pm

    @fredericl They’re going to love it or hate it. Personally I think it looks great.

  3. Reply autom8 October 21, 2011 14:35 pm

    @ASanmartin salut! ça fait long temps me semble..ça va? j’espère que tout va bien

  4. Reply OmmRudraksha October 24, 2011 15:43 pm

    We wait for still new features in google mail.

  5. Reply farid.medleg November 15, 2011 08:07 am

    In retrospect, the new Google LOOKS great, but is quite laggy. Tried it on different networks, different laptops, and different cities all with the same result. Scrolling isn’t as smooth and operations like labeling and moving files seem to take longer. Success with the redesign, problems with functionality?

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