Google may be testing new UI for Gmail website

Google is reportedly testing a new look for its Gmail website that, if true, could signal a major revamp for its ad supported free email service. However, there's no word on when, or even if, these changes will be seen by the general public.

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Geek.com posted up screenshots of the Gmail test and its user interface more closely resembles the mobile app versions of the client. There's no sign of the email category tabs on top of the page that were put into the Gmail site in 2013. Instead, they are put inside the main message interface, which certainly makes for a cleaner look.

The compose button has now been placed on the bottom right hand side of the website. There's also a new pin system to replace the "stars" that have been used to mark important emails.  Pinned emails can be dragged to the top of the page for quicker access if needed.

As the report itself says, these changes are being tested privately and there's no word when, or even if, Google will launch this Gmail website revamp with this specific design. However, it's likely users of the site will see some updates to the UI at some point in the near future.

Source: Geek.com | Image via Geek.com

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I love the way my gmail is currently set up. It does everything exactly the way I want it to. If this is anywhere near as bad as the "new and improved" google maps (and something tells me it will be), I hope it never sees the light of day.

I use the basic html version of Gmail, which I only use for junk mail addresses anyway. Hate the look and feel and response of the full blown Gmail!

As with all things Google, it all sucks anyway, IMO! :x

Oh I hope this doesn't get forced upon everyone.

I hear nothing but grumbling from the surrounding cubicles at work about how much Gmail sucks compared to Notes since we migrated last year. I would hate to see their reactions to this change.

I think it looks better than the present UI they have. Of course, I rarely use it because I'm downloading my email through Outlook 2013. But to me, it's a definite improvement.

Google needs to learn to stick to a consistent UI. They keep changing it, and everything becomes un-userfriendly by bringing a broken experience. Google.com - Gmail - Google Maps - etc. They all have different navigations now.

Saying that it looks like Outlook is an euphemism.
One thing is sure though, Google is not a driving force in terms of UX innovations. They let the others do the job.

Once again, it is somewhat flattering for the Metro styling designers.

Yeah, Outlook is cleaner than this. Doesn't need icons strewn all over the screen. Not sure if Gmail did automatic grouping before, but that's the only similarity I see, besides attempting a flat look.

Upon first glance, the blue bar, with large search box and sidebar make it look like Outlook.com. It's not a complete rip off but they could have differentiated it a bit more to use their own brand.

Also, it's very inconsistent with Google's other services.

Rumour has it they're nixing Filters, Contact management, CC and BCC'ing, non-photo attachments, Reply (but not Reply All), all rich-text fonts except Comic Sans and Courier, sending e-mails to non-gmail addresses, listing e-mails (use search instead), threaded conversations, and the slim chance your e-mail *won't* be read by 3rd party advertisers.

Other than that, it's the same GMail experience you know and love.

cyberdrone2000 said,
Rumour has it they're nixing Filters, Contact management, CC and BCC'ing, non-photo attachments, Reply (but not Reply All), all rich-text fonts except Comic Sans and Courier, sending e-mails to non-gmail addresses, listing e-mails (use search instead), threaded conversations, and the slim chance your e-mail *won't* be read by 3rd party advertisers.

Other than that, it's the same GMail experience you know and love.

HAHAHA thanks that was great, especially the reply/all.

Don't use webmail anyway, but not a fan, preferred the older layout. And yea, kinda-sorta reminds me of Outlook too.. not a ripoff, just the "vibe" I get by looking at it.

I have my own theme on Gmail, as long as that stays. I'll continue to happily use my Gmail as a dumpster. It's the only feature on the webmail I find superior to Outlook's.

Looks legit, a more cleaner, easier on the eye finish which is more inline with it's android cards interface. I approve.

Mark said,
Looks legit, a more cleaner, easier on the eye finish which is more inline with it's android cards interface. I approve.

If by legit, you mean Outlook.com. Then Yes. I agree!

I agree. Travel items have appeared on Google Now for a while now. The whole layout looks a lot like the other Google Apps that have leaked recently.

nickcruz said,

If by legit, you mean Outlook.com. Then Yes. I agree!

I thought it looked like Outlook too. Here is a tip Google. If you want me to stay develop for Windows(Phone) 8...