Google is developing a new web version of Gmail that should include Material Design as its main appearance, in addition to bringing several functions already present in the mobile version and Inbox. The desktop novelty includes automatic responses, a new sidebar with access to Google Calendar and other features, such as a snooze tool and self-destructive messages.
The unidentified tools were discovered by US technology sites over the past week. In response to The Verge, Google confirmed that it is actually working on the updates. However, the next web version of Gmail does not yet have a release forecast.
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Google has yet to make an official presentation on the changes. The announcement is expected to take place during Google I / O, an event for developers starting May 8 in Mountain View, California. On occasion, it is likely that the manufacturer will also disclose a specific release date for the new desktop version of the email service. Find out, in the list below, the top five updates planned for the new Gmail.
There is no forecast when Google will change the Gmail interface Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudo
1. Implementation of Material Design
The main difference from the new version of Gmail for the web should be the implementation of Material Design, a series of visual standards that will completely change the appearance of the service. This makes email look and feel like Android and its apps.
One of the changes in the interface introduces a sidebar with access to Google Calendar, so that the user can view the appointments listed in emails in a more practical way. According to The Verge, this can facilitate the act of scheduling a meeting between several people, for example.
New visual aspect of Gmail that will be available "soon" Photo: Reproduo / The Verge
The user will also have access to three ways of viewing the inbox: one with examples of attachments and images; another without these highlights, but with a more comfortable and spacious view; and a third that brings a more compact list, which increases the number of emails per page and leaves the current similar appearance.
2. Self-destructive messages
Messages can only be available for a certain time Photo: Reproduo / TechCrunch
According to a discovery by TechCrunch, Google is working with a protocol for self-destructive emails that should be implemented in the new version of Gmail. As such, messages become unreadable after a time determined by the sender. This mechanics is similar to ProtonMail, an email service that became known for this feature.
According to the screenshots released by TechCrunch, in the composition tab of the email there will be a new button called Confidential. If the sender marks this option, the recipient cannot, for example, forward the message to someone else. There is also an option for the recipient to enter a type of password to access the content.
4. Smart answers
Gmail will have answers ready for those who do not want to waste time Photo: Reproduo / The Verge
The new web version of Gmail should bring some intelligent and automated responses. The resource can act as a suggestion for those who need to respond quickly to a message, but do not have time to write, or are in transit. It is worth mentioning that the tools are already present in the mobile version of Gmail.
Gmail for web gain snooze mode Photo: Reproduo / The Verge
A new feature can also be implemented under the name of Snooze (snooze, in free translation). The option should allow the tagging of e-mails that cannot be read at the moment, with the aim that the messages appear in the inbox again later. It is worth remembering that this function is also present in Google's own Inbox by Gmail app.
Via TechCrunch and The Verge