Google makes available new Gmail look, calendar coming soon

Google is on a roll this week, with the company announcing its new social network -- Google Plus -- and then beginning a full rollout of a new style for all of their products across the web.

So far, we've seen updates to Google.com and Maps over the last few days, and now Google's announced that they've made available a preview of the new Gmail theme that will be released in the near future. The new look is simple and aims to unclutter the Gmail experience, making elements bigger and easier to see and frequently used items more obvious. 

The new themes "Preview" and "Preview (Dense)" are found in the themes tab in Gmail's settings dialog. Google says that they only have two themes because they aren't quite finished yet and they do not dynamically resize based on screen size. The company said that the "new interface eventually expand dynamically to accommodate different screen sizes and preferences."

They went on to say that they will be "working on these upgrades gradually over the next few months to allow plenty of time to understand and incorporate your feedback into the evolving design." Apparently some labs will look "a little strange" with the new themes, but Google plans to fix these issues as they push changes over the next few months.

Google Calendar is also getting the new interface with this article over on the support forums detailing the changes. The company is encouraging feedback on their new designs, and that can be provided here.

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Things have changed at Google, I remember a while back a designer complaining as they had to test so many different shades of blue before the could implem.nt it, and now? Red!

Trying it out though, agree it does waste too much space.

Hmmm I like it, but then I don't. I can't make up my mind. However.. it does feel a bit metro inspired with the flat theme..

It wasn't broke, it just worked, don't try to fix it. Regardless though, what's with all the "option bars" down the left hand side of the page using so much dead space on all the new themes? I think they need to make their new themes "denser" rather than waste so much space!

Google needs to unify all of its tools.. they still seem very fragmented...

Hotmail has far superior mail management tools IMO.. gmail needs to catch up!

fobban said,
I've got the new look in my calendar, but not yet Gmail, guess it will come eventually.

You'll have to enable it in the theme options

I do like the whole new Google UI except for one thing; the black menu bar in GMail. It's not consistent with the other black menu bars. I do hope this isn't intentionally because all other Google services have a darker black menu bar.

Also, I've been able to use the new Calendar since yesterday.

Whole look is great with one MAJOR flaw ... too spread, especially in height, same with calendar.
Even the "dense" version is too spread ... I need Very Dense or maybe even VERY VERY Dense one and will be happy about it

It's a bit bright but I like it otherwise. I generally don't mind having a bit less information on screen at once and prefer less clutter.

Tried it and had to turn it off....way too much white and so much wasted space. It has potential with (alot of) tweaking but not usable for me at the moment.

How cute, they like the basic design concepts of the later Metro UI too...

Now, it will interesting to see how many people:
1) Decide they like Metro too now.
2) Defend Google, as they think it doesn't look like Metro
3) Get angry with Google from going from 1990s simple web styles to a modern style.
4) Decide that not only is Metro better than they thought, they start giving things like XBox, Media Center, and WP7 a chance.

I hate to be kinda trollish here, but for all the work they've done over the years, what's with their hardass refusal to even allow the option to sort...?

It's still in their list of requested features. It's ALWAYS been in their list of requested features...and the fanboys all say the same thing: use a third party client.

It's great that all their work is going into making things more finger friendly but less space efficient, while ignoring simple usability options.

Yeah I was looking for a sort option the other day so I could delete a bunch of emails under a same name or subject. Guess I'll stick with a client still.

Salty Wagyu said,
Yeah I was looking for a sort option the other day so I could delete a bunch of emails under a same name or subject. Guess I'll stick with a client still.

Yup, the nice thing about sort is that you can mass select email from multiple senders clumped together (everything from eBay and everything from Amazon and whatever else might catch your eye at the time), while with search-based organization you have to separately search for each sender (or subject), dramatically increasing the number of clicks and amount of typing to perform the same task.

KingCrimson said,
So when do I see this new look and Can I go back to classic?

Go to your settings and just change the theme. You can change back right away if you want.

Love it. Matches Google.com and Google+... I think Google is finally stepping up in the UI department, before was too white, now it's just right.

I really like it! Much cleaner and nicer to look at then before. But I never really liked the look of the old theme.

i like touch ready design.

what i don't like is that they removed 'larger than' from image search...

Is it just me, or are elements of Google's products starting to resemble parts of facebook? Even when you sign into iGoogle.. the bar at the top... their attempt at social networking with Google+, and now ruining Gmail with this garbage??

One of the reasons I use Gmail is for the uncluttered look and feel that attributes to it's quick response and ease of use.

No need to fix something that ain't broken.

-1

mrpcpete said,
Is it just me, or are elements of Google's products starting to resemble parts of facebook? Even when you sign into iGoogle.. the bar at the top... their attempt at social networking with Google+, and now ruining Gmail with this garbage??

One of the reasons I use Gmail is for the uncluttered look and feel that attributes to it's quick response and ease of use.

No need to fix something that ain't broken.

-1

It's the same layout, just a different color. And bigger.

SharpGreen said,

It's the same layout, just a different color. And bigger.

My point exactly. It's bigger.. and there is too much wasted space. Great for touch screens, but there should be an option for 'classic' or 'touchscreen' interface.. rather then change the entire thing for all users.

Wow, I love this new layout. They are at least making everything consistent across all of their apps now.

I have the new Google Search, Plus and Calendar but am yet to get the new Gmail. I'm eagerly awating testing it out

Tim Schiesser said,
I have the new Google Search, Plus and Calendar but am yet to get the new Gmail. I'm eagerly awating testing it out

Go into settings and themes, I didnt get it selected for me, but it was in the list of themes.

Brian Miller said,
Why doesn't it look like that in the Google Apps version of Gmail?

Google Apps run behind GMail in general. GMail is for "testing" and then things get carried over to Apps.

Brian Miller said,
Why doesn't it look like that in the Google Apps version of Gmail?

Hopefully it isn't offered to apps. Something so crappy could affect the economy since apps is mostly business.

The new gmail is horrible compared to the 'classic' look. It takes up way too much vertical space. (even if you select the 'dense' theme) I pray they fix or not make replace the original.

Sent my feedback.

Nexus- said,
The new gmail is horrible compared to the 'classic' look. It takes up way too much vertical space. (even if you select the 'dense' theme) I pray they fix or not make replace the original.

I agree.

Nexus- said,
The new gmail is horrible compared to the 'classic' look. It takes up way too much vertical space. (even if you select the 'dense' theme) I pray they fix or not make replace the original.

Sent my feedback.


Wow, I read your comment and thought "It can't be that bad, he's just exaggerating". Then I logged in my gmail account switched on this new theme and wow..you weren't exaggerating at all. With this new theme, the secondary inbox I have on top of the main takes up almost the whole area, even on dense.

It's a decent style, but come on Google get rid of some that empty space.

SharpGreen said,

Wow, I read your comment and thought "It can't be that bad, he's just exaggerating". Then I logged in my gmail account switched on this new theme and wow..you weren't exaggerating at all. With this new theme, the secondary inbox I have on top of the main takes up almost the whole area, even on dense.

It's a decent style, but come on Google get rid of some that empty space.

+1

Nexus- said,
The new gmail is horrible compared to the 'classic' look. It takes up way too much vertical space. (even if you select the 'dense' theme) I pray they fix or not make replace the original.

Sent my feedback.


Just pick the original from the theme picker?

You get 11 less emails visible without scrolling with the non-dense one and 7 less with the dense. Major fail.

FalsePositive said,
You get 11 less emails visible without scrolling with the non-dense one and 7 less with the dense. Major fail.

I noticed that too. Bunch of wasted space. Hope someone with a netbook doesn't use gmail.

flexkeyboard said,
Too bright for my eyes that it make my head ache...uhggg.

I actually like it. Reminds me of Neowin style.

Looks like Google is trying to be a Bing, cleaning up its UI and styles.

FalsePositive said,
You get 11 less emails visible without scrolling with the non-dense one and 7 less with the dense. Major fail.

For 99% of users this doesn't matter, never look at product solely from your perspective Besides, you still have theme options.

SpyderCanopus said,

I noticed that too. Bunch of wasted space. Hope someone with a netbook doesn't use gmail.

Try Preview (dense). It fits more in.

FalsePositive said,
You get 11 less emails visible without scrolling with the non-dense one and 7 less with the dense. Major fail.

How did you cope with lower resolutions? Maybe organise your inbox? Mine only ever has 5-10 mails rest archived etc, I do get over 50 a day to deal with not sales newsletters etc so need be organised.

I prefer it nice cleaner, plus all old themes still there.

I like it... Much cleaner (with the open space). I kinda feel less stressed-out when looking at it... two-thumbs up!