A Google spokesperson has provided the following statement (emphasis included): "We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase)". Corners are rounded, there's a hamburger menu in the top left next to a fresh Gmail logo, and the red "Compose" button has been replaced with a white, circular one with a colorful "+" icon.
Alongside a prettier inbox, Gmail has a new sidebar where you can use other G Suite apps without leaving Gmail.
The new design won't be any mere cosmetic exercise but will sport new functional features, which include Smart Reply (like the one on the mobile), an email snoozing feature where you can choose when the email reappears again and offline support. Despite already having add-ons from third-party services, the redesign will soon feature an add-on that integrates the following: Google Tasks, Google Calendar, and Google Keep.
The company says the tweaks will bring the mobile and desktop version closer together in appearance. This goes a long way towards ensuring that your email is only accessed by the person who you intended it for.
A default view highlights attachments such as documents and photos, a comfortable view doesn't show attachments, and a compact view shows more messages. The majority of the site will look the same, including the same layout and the same three information density settings Gmail users see today.
"Taking up less than 5MB, the app is quick to download without using much data, and it takes up minimal space on your phone".
The news comes after some outlets reported on leaks of a possible upcoming Gmail redesign.
The latter is the view that's closest to the existing Gmail design, according to The Verge, which obtained these screenshots from a preview of the new design. As the original, official smartphones that were manufactured and sold under the Google umbrella, the handsets generated a fair bit of buzz when they were announced and when they hit the market.