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Google set to reveal a major update to Gmail

13 April 2018

Google promises a "fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web", with features like Smart Reply, the ability to snooze emails, and offline support.

Obtained by The Verge, these screenshots reveal that Gmail's new aesthetic lines up nicely with the design language found in a lot of Google's other apps. Google did radically redesign Gmail for its separate Inbox app back in 2014, but the company has stuck to the original Gmail design so far for its web version.

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Screenshots of the redesigned Gmail show that a smart reply feature for quickly answering emails without typing anything is on the way, as well as a snooze button for muting email threads in your inbox until you're ready to reply to them.

The new design has three different layout options, Default, Comfort, and Compact.

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As we discovered yesterday, Google is expected to roll out a visually overhauled Gmail to users worldwide in the next few weeks.

The first image of the webmail client emerged this week, showing that clean design, as well as a built in Google Calendar pane on the right side of the page. The new design is now being tested inside Google and with trusted partners. The compact view is the most similar to the existing Gmail design, allowing existing users to keep a similar layout. Calendar and Gmail have always been closely linked, so this integration makes sense, but merging Google Keep more closely with the email layout is a big step towards integrating the two products. The company is set to host its annual developers conference May 8; Google often unveils new software and services at that conference. "We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can't share anything yet-archive this for now, and we'll let you know when it's time to hit send".

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Google set to reveal a major update to Gmail