Gmail reportedly receiving new tab-based user interface for web and mobile version

May 25, 2013
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After seeing in a series of images potential changes for Google’s mobile email app, a new screenshot seem to reveal that the Gmail’s web user interface will also be overhauled.

The Next Web has an image that indicates a tab-based UI is coming to Gmail at some point in the near future. As you can see in the screenshot below, we’re looking at four different tabs, with each one presumably storing certain types of emails.

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There are four tabs in the screenshot that read Primary, Social, Promotions and Updates. However, the publication mentions other tabs including Main, Notifications and Forums.

In Main, users will reportedly eceive emails from friends, while Social and Offers will include social networking emails and emails from retailers, respectively. The Notifications tab will include emails mentioning bills, dining reservations, flight alerts, and similar important mails. Finally, Forums will include notifications from forums.

Apparently each tab will show you that there are new emails requiring your attention, and that “+” sign in the screenshot could indicate that users will be able to create custom tabs as well – although that’s only a speculation from our part.

At this point, it’s not clear when the new UI will be rolled out, but we would assume that both the web and the mobile Gmail versions would be updated at the same time. The screenshot for the Android Gmail app below shows some of the same tabs we talked about for the web version, including Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. To activate it, you’d have to tap on the three-line menu on the top left side.

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Before Google I/O, a source told us that a Gmail update was on its way, but Google did not introduce it during the keynote. Will the new Gmail UI arrive once Android 4.3 launches? We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, Google has refused to comment “on rumor and speculation,” according to The Next Web.

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