Google yesterday began previewing a new Gmail UI that the search giant hopes will cut down on unnecessary clutter and "make Gmail as beautiful as it is powerful." Looking kind of similar to the clean cut interface Google+ users have been seeing all week, users can get a peek at what Google is up to via two new themes called "Preview" and "Preview (Dense)."
"This is part of a Google-wide effort to bring you an experience that’s more focused, elastic, and effortless across all of our products," said Jason Cornwell, User Experience Designer at Google. "The changes are not going to happen all at once. We know that you love and care about Gmail as much as we do, and we’ll be working on these upgrades gradually over the next few months to allow plenty of time to understand and incorporate your feedback into the evolving design."
Cornwell says Google Calendar is also getting a new look and that will show up automatically in the next few days. Users can expect continuous improvements to the new layout over the next few months and, according to the Google Calendar Help page, will be able to turn off the new look and revert to 'classic Google Calendar' at the flick of a switch.
Check out the new Gmail layout in these screenshots below. More adventurous readers can try it out by switching to 'Preview' or 'Preview (Dense)' in the Themes tab in Gmail's settings.