Gmail Mobile Redesign Makes It Easier to View Attachments

The Gmail app on your mobile device is getting a new look with less red accents and more white space.

Google on Monday unveiled the new Gmail mobile user interface, which should make it easier to view attachments, switch between accounts, and spot phishing emails.

“As part of the new design, you can quickly view attachments—like photos—without opening or scrolling through the conversation,” Gmail Product Manager Nikolus Ray wrote in a blog post. “It’s also easier to switch between personal and work accounts, so you can access all of your emails without breaking a sweat. And just like on the web, you’ll get big, red warnings to alert you when something looks phish-y.”

Google says the update is part of a larger effort to give its G Suite family of products a more cohesive look, based on its Material Theme, which features lots of white space and the company’s custom Google Sans font. Google has already rolled out this new white space-heavy aesthetic for Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, and Sites on the web, and now it’s moving on to the mobile versions.

The new design will arrive in the Gmail iOS and Android apps “in the coming weeks,” Ray wrote.

Check out the image above for a comparison of the old design on the left versus the new look on the right. As you can see, Google replaced the red header with a white search bar and swapped out its red compose button in the lower right corner for a white one with a multi-colored plus sign.

Google plans to give its other G Suite mobile apps a similar look “later this year,” Ray wrote.

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