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Gmail update to support Outlook and Yahoo accounts

A leaked promotional video for an unreleased Gmail update reveals a redesigned user interface and built-in support for Outlook and Yahoo email accounts.
October 20, 2014
Gmail 5.0

The next version of Google’s Gmail app will support other account types and will come sporting a redesigned interface, according to a leaked video about unreleased update. Google has been steadily trotting out Material Design updates for its range of Android apps, perhaps Gmail is next in line.

The video, embedded below, shows off a look that will be quite familiar to Google+ users, including the hovering create button. The new UI features tweaked icons, a rounded avatar, and some swanky new animations. However, the big new addition is support for Yahoo and Outlook email accounts, among others, meaning that you won’t have to turn to the built-in Android app or third party client to keep your various accounts organised.

It’s not clear whether the next version of Gmail will feature Exchange ActiveSync, a useful feature for synchronising contacts, calendars, etc, across a range of devices. Changes are good though, as this feature is already present in the default Android email app.

The new version of Gmail is not yet available for download, but the update should appear around the same time as Android Lollipop’s official roll-out, which is just a few weeks away.