Google revealed yesterday that it's planning to launch a new Gmail design in the coming weeks. In the new experience, there is a persistent right sidebar that appears throughout Gmail and can be expanded to show upcoming calendar appointments and notes. Other new features are expected to include the ability to snooze emails, and Google Inbox-style automations that pull out relevant content such as order tracking numbers. Since 2006, Google has started offering a Java-based app of Gmail for mobile phones.
Last but not least, Google's added three layout views that'll allow you to change how your mail is displayed. The three options include a default view that highlights attachments, a comfortable view that does not highlight those attachments and a compact view that is nearly the same as the current Gmail design (for those who don't like change).
One downside to the new Gmail design and the self-destructing emails is that it's now unclear whether the feature will work on clients other than Google.
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The redesign will bring a cleaner, fresher look that adopts the Material Design guidelines Google uses for its Android and iOS apps. The first of these new features is "Confidential Mode", a tool that will allow users to prevent email recipients from forwarding, copying or downloading specific emails. "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".
The redesign also adds icons to the left of the various sections of Gmail, listed on the lefthand side of the page. Yesterday, the redesign leaked early giving us an early look at what's in store for users. Or what happens when you access Gmail through POP/IMAP/SMTP and aren't using the official client?
There are many similarities between ProtonMail and the new Gmail design, but one of the main differences between the two services is how they handle the self-destructing emails.