Gmail for Android has yet to receive the same redesign treatment as Google+, and app designer Paul Burke has his own idea of what it should look like. Burke wanted to reimagine how Gmail for Android could look since the introduction of Google Now. Also inspired by the design on iOS, he got to work creating several stunning renders.
From Burke’s post:
The basic premise of this redesign is new navigation, and more focus on people and content. I’ve been working on this in tiny bursts for a while, and wanted to get more screens done, but at this rate, the actual app will come out first. I hope to, at least, get more done to show how the cards would work in the Conversation view.
The redesign is very similar to the Google+ app, and features an elegant interface. There are now three sections: Important and Unread, Starred, and Everything Else. At first glance, you can star an email, and if there is an attachment or calendar invite, you can open them directly by selecting the appropriate icon.
Attachments open in the Drive app while calendar invites open in the Calendar app. Photos of contacts are much more prominent, and if they don’t have a photo, the first letter of their name will display instead. Burke also implemented a navigation drawer that Google+ app users are familiar with.
You are able to easily switch accounts from the navigation drawer. All sections seen in the sidebar of the Gmail web client are right there, including your labels. Directly below labels, you can find least-accessed sections such as Spam or Trash.
Within emails, icons to “Archive”, “Delete”, “Label”, etc., have moved to the very top. Headlines are now larger, and attachments or calendar invites appear at the top of a thread for quicker access.
Simple gestures allow you to quickly archive or delete a message. A two-finger swipe down will archive while a two-finger swipe up will delete. Burke noted, “Google had nothing to do with this concept, and you shouldn’t expect Gmail to ever look this way.” We hope it does.