We’ve mentioned before how Android users are considered as second class market by developers and tech giants. Looks like its Google this time playing stepmother to its own child Android by rolling out a revised Gmail UI and slapping much of the fancy iOS UI into the update more than a year after treating iOS users with the redesign.
The Update: Snooze & Pin
Leaked screenshots of the new update shows a fundamental redesign in the official Gmail app as well as a surprise addition of snooze and pinning feature. Although no official word from the team guarantees any of these additions to be featured in the update (once it undergoes testing process), some source state that it’s still some time away if found useful enough.
The snooze feature, named ‘Upcoming Tab’ lets users snooze messages until they’re ready to view them, while the pin email feature lets users stick an important message stay on top. The snooze toggle is much similar to the one been featured in Mailbox acquired by Dropbox last year. The pin feature is quite analogous to the current star system where users can star important conversations which however appear in a separate folder making it quite hard to get to. Users anticipating the new update criticized that the pin button looks quite similar to the new iOS 7.1 button/switches featuring a lot of icons throughout the app making it dreadfully un-Android like.
The Update: More Tabs, Redesigned Iconography & Colors
The fundamental redesign shows an addition of finance, purchases and travel and social tabs crawled up in the interface next to similar sections. The new update will also feature a redesigned iconography and colors to make it much easier for users to identify sections.