Since I/O, Google has been updating quite a few of their mobile apps. A few design tweaks have been made, like removing the bottom bar in favor of two separate top menus. We told you about a Gmail update before, and we’re glad to see it’s finally happening.
This update, which brings the app in line with a few other Google-y apps, is just as nice. It follows the design cues of Play Music or Drive, with the top left menu housing your accounts and labels. The right side menu will continue to be your action and settings menu, with the “Search” and “New” buttons staying put.
Like the desktop version, Gmail for Android gets the organizational luxury of “categories”. Those tabs are meant to filter email messages into a type of sub-folder system, rather than clutter your inbox. While they’re currently static (Social, Promotions, Updates, Forums, and Primary), we hope for customization in a future update.
The tablet UI is the same, though the left menu remains on the screen. You can get it on the Play Store, but don’t hold your breath. Google plans on rolling the update out incrementally, and there are plenty of users to get through.