It’s official: Gmail has been updated.
That update, rumored for quite some time, is now a reality. All the features previously noted, like tabs showing up in your inbox on mobile, and the left hand menu sliding out, are here. While the mobile version of Gmail has had a few iterations, this is the first significant update for our desktop Gmail in quite some time.
The new design is meant to keep you organized above all. For those of us who have several accounts feeding into one inbox, this could prove to be very helpful. This will also be useful for navigating those emails that may not be spam, but tend to get in the way.
Essentially, it takes a few of those labels on the side menu and puts them above the inbox. Your full list of labels will still be there, but the most used ones will be at the top of the windows. Of course, with tabs like “Promotions” and “Social”, the new Gmail has another focus altogether.
Google seems keen to get you involved with their ecosystem, and using Gmail to generate interest is smart. A little hand-holding into Google+ via the “Social” tab may be just what the average Gmailer needs, and Offers is sure to make an appearance in the “Promotions” folder, whether you’re signed up for it or not.
It’s definitely time for a new Gmail, and this one fits in well with other Google sites and services. The new look Gmail is not radically different, but feels wholly refreshed. It will be rolling out over the next few weeks to both desktop and mobile, so keep your eyes open for the update. In the meantime, check out the official Gmail update video below, and let us know what you think.