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May 13, 2014

Google Contemplating Gmail Changes

Overhaul Might Impact How Users Interact With Mail

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Some will cringe, others will applaud the news that Google is playing with the idea of redesigning Gmail.

Google Gmail_logoThe news came via that there are tests underway to alter Gmail’s current system to make it both more user-friendly and to try to mirror the mail’s desktop version to the mobile model. Depending on a user’s taste, the move could be either a positive change or a horribly planned move.

Gmail users have grown accustomed to the current layout (which was changed not that long ago) and anytime a company introduces changes it’s walking a fine line.

The changes, according to the report over at, seem pretty extreme.

One of the biggest changes being contemplated is a fly-in menu with a similar Hangouts design on the page’s other side. This means users can open everything they want to while, at the same time, allowing them to simply switch back to their inbox.

Just when — and if — the changes will be rolled out hasn’t been shared with anyone. The tests are, apparently, only in the early stages and haven’t been signed off on.

So, if you’re a fan of Gmail’s current interface you may want to brace yourself for some changes.

However, if you find the system now clunky, there could be good news on the horizon.

It’s anyone’s guess just what may happen.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.