Subtle Changes Coming To Gmail Soon?

Thanks to a leaked screenshot from a Chromium bug report, we might be seeing an update to Google’s email service look and feel in the near future.

The changes are subtle, but they do show some hope for Google’s awful aesthetic approach to designing web apps.

As you can see, the ‘compose mail’ button is now a dedicated button rather than a text link. Shocking!

Also, the buttons along the top of the email viewer have been simplified, with a drop down option being added for controlling multiple selected items. Scandalous!

FInally, and most provocatively, you can see a ‘call phone’ button has been added to the chat interface. Could this be Google Voice integration?

Okay, so there’s nothing earth-shattering going on here, but it is good to see Google refining their products.

Written by Toby Leftly

Toby is a Mac nerd, a hardware nerd and a web nerd, rolled into one. You can find him at or on Twitter.

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  • Chris

    I would like to see a reading pane window view too but I doubt this will ever happen! LIke you say, Google have an awful aesthetic approach to designing web apps.