Gmail is getting a cleaner UI, snooze feature, smart replies, and more

Pablo Tucker
April 12, 2018

You can expect to be able to access Google Calendar from the Gmail interface directly.

According to an email sent to G Suite customers, Google will introduce an Early Adopter Program (EAP) in the coming weeks that includes a redesigned Gmail for the web. Google did confirm to The Verge that a redesign is indeed on the way, but said that it'll be a little while longer before it'll be ready to share more. He described it as a hybrid of Gmail and Inbox. These categories are accessible either on the left side or as tabs above your emails. Apart from adopting a white aesthetic, the redesign might also sport a larger search field at the top and eliminate the Hangouts integration now seen on the bottom left. The email is a pre-brief for those administrators before new changes roll out to G Suite users, and you know that if the changes warrant notifying administrators in advance, they're going to be big.

Ability to "snooze" emails and choose when they reappear in your inbox. This is a good way to clean your inbox if you can't reply to a specific email just yet.

Google also notes that the update might break some popular browser add-ons for Gmail, such as Clearbit, Streak, etc. This setting will replace the Gmail Offline Chrome app, with that shutdown communicated in future updates. Google is looking to test critical Chrome extensions, to ensure the new Gmail experience is compatible before it's widely available. According to Engadget, Google sent out an email to G Suite Administrators, the people who manage and control corporate or group email accounts running on Google's webmail platform.

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