Earlier this year, Google gave us a sneak peek at some of the upcoming design changes that would be coming to Gmail. The company later made the new design available to users who were willing to opt-in to the changes, and for those who haven’t, it looks like the new design is rolling out as we speak.
This will be applicable to users who have turned on Chat. For those unfamiliar, the new redesign of Gmail is meant to incorporate various Google services within a single platform, such as Chat. The idea is that it would allow Gmail users to chat with their contacts from within the Gmail interface without having to open a separate browser tab or window.
According to Google:
“Over the next few weeks, users can enable the integrated view, using the new visual configuration option in Settings — and anyone who wants to keep their existing Gmail layout will be able to do so. You get the Gmail that best fits your personal style, along with a clean, new look, thanks to our Material 3 design.”
For those who had previously opted in, then nothing really changes for you, but Google does note that they are making improvements under the hood. For example, they are bringing search chips to Gmail search to help improve on its ability to search for and filter emails to help you find what you are looking for.
Overall, the new design does offer up a much cleaner and modern look to Gmail, so if you open Gmail and find it looking different, don’t freak out.