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Yoel Kaseb, who last month posted a series of screenshots purporting to show a revamped Google+ interface (which ended up being proven mostly accurate in a recent update), is back again, this time posting photos of what is allegedly a new Gmail interface.

Before we discuss, let's look at the photos. For the sake of clarity, I've used the photos to quickly create a clearer, full-res mockup of the interface shown.

Update: Our original mockup mistakenly left out the colored message thumbnails shown in the source images. We've updated the image to fix that.

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Readers may remember a recent leak from Geek.com that showed what was supposedly a brand new Gmail interface with some major new functionality. There are some considerable differences between those shots and what we are seeing here, but it is possible that Kaseb either has an earlier or later version of a Gmail revamp that would see the interface toned down, or we could be seeing the interface in a transitional phase between what it is now and what Geek.com showed.

What gives the shots above credence, besides the fact that Kaseb posted the Google+ interface before it debuted, is that the interface seems to follow the same paradigms found in the Google+ update. There's a round "compose" button in the corner, a streamlined action bar, a distinct lack of hamburger menu, and a bar that, presumably when touched, would allow you to switch boxes, folders, categories, and probably accounts. The image also shows the same "inbox" iconography included in the recent Gmail update. Some of these elements were also seen in Geek's Calendar interface leak.

What raises a doubt in my mind is that these shots are actual photos of the interface, not screenshots, and the fact that the compose button looks significantly less refined than that in the Google+ update or the previous Gmail leak. Additionally, there's no indication in the main view of what account you're looking at, though that information could be in the drop down bar. That said, I'm inclined to think that something like this will probably come to us in a Gmail update in the future, and I'm not too hesitant to believe these shots are legitimate. Hopefully we'll find out very soon.

Source: Yoel Kaseb (Google+)

Thanks, Alex!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    Fuck no I'm not up for skydiving this weekend do I like crazy

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      hold on just checked my schedule I'm free

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        Great, I'll send you an email with more details about the most awesome diving spot, and then when we go we can take tons of photos of us having fun skydiving and then Google will make a super sweet photo album. This is the kind of stuff Gmail users do every day, right?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          afaik

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Ah, so this is why G+ now has Stories... special for AP, huh

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            We basically wrote them and said "look... we do a lot of really cool stuff on the weekends, how are you going to help us document that?" and they made Stories.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            'Tis the Way of Android these days - with Android Police dictating Google what to do next

          • Andrés

            Actually I do go Skydiving on the weekends. We'll not all weekends... I also go rock climbing :D

          • Crispin Swickard

            Make sure to wear your glass while skydiving. According to I/O your supposed to do that. Also if you could ride a bike out of the plane that would be a bonus.

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  • nxtiak

    Why!??!?!?!? I hate the new G+ UI and no hamburger sucks in GMail... why why why. damn it Google.
    G+ is so much harder to use with the new UI, going into photos... but then when you're in photos, hamburger is back, it's so screwed up right now.

    • Julio M

      Did you like the previous Gmail? Or the one before that? You will get another chance some day. That's why.

    • Grahaman27

      and that HIDEOUS circle action button at the bottom right. I HATE IT.

      • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

        The button, in this instance, does look kind of weird. I would prefer a red circle with a white plus, as in the original Gmail leaks from Geek.

        • Grahaman27

          why not in the action bar though? it makes no sense, just a misplaced button taking up more space.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            Well, if the drag-to-multitask aspect of our home screen exploration post comes true, it would make sense to remove as much as possible from the action bar. There are serious usability concerns that would need to be addressed, but it could happen.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Because it's far easier to reach. If it were up to me, all action buttons would move to the bottom. Actions on top is such a ridiculous and closed minded paradigm of UX designers who didn't think of large phones and any tablets.

            Removing hamburger though... One step forward, two steps back.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            I kind of disagree on tablets - I don't think I've ever wanted to even try to use something like the Nexus 7 with one hand, and forget about larger tablets.
            As for placing buttons at the bottom on phones, I feel like putting everything at the bottom would throw the interface off balance, where the whole interface (including system bars) becomes bottom heavy. For usability it'd be much easier, but I'm not convinced it would look better, unless it was some kind of expanding menu from a centralized point.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            You're right about small tablets - you don't usually hold them at the bottom, more like somewhere in the middle, maybe a little lower. But large tablets and large phones I think would benefit from a bottom UI. What's the difference if it's bottom heavy or top heavy? One is better for usability, the other isn't.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            Visual weight and layout are not insignificant in how an interface is experienced.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            And now let's remember how Google killed the unified navigation bar on tablets... which should've been universal IMO especially with these big screens nowadays

          • David Cesarino

            I'm not sure if an universal bar is better, but the previous implementation of it was horrible IMO. The notification center with toggles and everything else tucked away in the same place..., nevermind losing muscle memory because of the inconsistency of having your phone and tablet behaving very differently. I think the few lost DPs at the top were worth the benefits brought.

            Besides, who likes to hold a tablet and keep pressing the back button by mistake? My #1 complain when I had a Honeycomb tablet.

          • Roh_Mish

            That was far better than current implementation. Half of that bar us empty and the time is very small. (Not that you can't read it but previously you could quickly glance at it easily.)

          • duse

            "If it were up to me, all action buttons would move to the bottom."

            Exactly, so why did Google stop using the split action bar? It solved this just fine.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            Fuck if I know. I was raging about it for a while.

          • Justin W

            Also, move the notification shade. I feel as though having that towards the bottom or an easier way of accessing it without needing to reach the top of this massive device I have would be nice, especially with the way we're going with size these days.

          • Guest

            Because you can't quickly tap the action bar with your thumb on a phone. Makes perfect sense to have common actions in the bottom corners on touchscreen phones.

          • duse

            Google already had this in ICS, it was called the split action bar...remember it in Gmail? Still there in GVoice. It put all these commands at the bottom, easy to reach. So they ditched that....and then put random commands back down there in floating circles.

          • Phil Oakley

            The theory is that promoting the most used action in an Activity to the bottom of the screen gives it more prominence in the UI. Which is completely true.

            Removing the hamburger: 50/50 on that one. Hamburger menus hide things and make it so users don't even know there are options there. But if you know they're there they're great.

        • http://liveinalux.com/ mankulito

          god damn, just have a life. who te fuck cares?

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Hello Mr Troll

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            Always great when our commenters can provide helpful insight.

          • Phil Oakley

            As a designer, I care. And I know Liam does too.

        • Roh_Mish

          I would prefer refining original UI and putting something like this but a bit smaller in GMail.

    • Armando Rodriguez

      Its not harder to use is just inconsistent with Photos and all other Google apps, but I think its much easier without the black bar on bottom.

      • ddpacino

        Think is is just a precursor to a refined design paradigm that will be unveiled for all other apps.

        • taz89

          I've got no issues with changing ui paradigm but they changing it even before the last one was even consistent. The hamburger menu just recently started getting consistent with moving the settings there and before its even had its time it's time to move on. Let's hope this one sticks around longer and is consistent in all apps. With the hamburger left panel, in some some apps you can slide it out from anywhere in the app, in some apps it's only available from the homescreen etc. Google biggest issue is consistentcy, I hope they gain that this time round.

          • ddpacino

            Thoughts now?

    • M.L.

      It's a matter of preference. I don't like the hamburger menu myself.

      • Brandon Smith

        Design is always (sort of) up to personal preference but the hamburger menu has become an industry standard across iOS, Android, websites, and more.

  • dakuten

    Learning how to do without the slider menu is going to be tough.

    • abobobilly

      Its like my worst nightmare becoming true. Its the era of "iOS" on Android. Any app which doesn't utlize the Navigation Drawer (or is basically made on a poor design, or NOT following Android Design Guidelines) is a STUPID app in my books.

      And considering the "new" strategy of Google's Apps ... i have nothing but bad words for both Google and its Apps.

      I mean, i considered G+ app (with Side Bar) a benchmark for Social Networking App, which was better than both Twitter and Facebook combined. But NO ... google had to mess it up, and they did it in a fabulous way. F*ckers.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    No.... NO NO NO NO

    Are you fucking kidding me!? I understand the replacement of Hamburger menu in Google+, it was absolutely useless and unnecessary, but in GMail!?

    Fucking GMAIL!?

    Okay, I'm starting to think that Google has hired an entirely new developer teams for Android and their apps, because it seems that it's full of RETARDS

    • http://communityfirstdigital.co.uk/ Luke Arran

      Calm down.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        This is not a topic of being calm, this is a serious issue of turning the user experience into a clusterfuck

      • mjku

        Not really. The change has already happened in the new G+ app. They're sticking with it, I'm afraid.

      • abobobilly

        When was the last time you did not take "Google's Leak" seriously?

        Seriously,Take it Seriously. Or its gonna be a huge clusterf*ck (as @Fatal1ty_93_RUS:disqus) puts it.

  • Guillaume

    just when everyone is getting used to the hanburger menu in all the app, they're removing it, good thinking there google ...

    • abobobilly

      I like that Sarcasm. -.-

  • Kévin Cocchi

    I'm not mad if they do this kind of updates on all the apps. But sounds like the new UI is going to be messed up already : The action bar has no color and is not taller...

  • Grahaman27

    time to disable auto-update.

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    If something isn't broken then why change. It's way harder to operate this menu one handed compared to hamburger.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Not just one-handed usability, the very idea of hamburger menu is a quick access to all menus and such in a nice and easy way, now in G+ I'll have to stretch my finger all the way up almost to the top of the screen, and it can get annoying and inconvinient pretty fast, the notifications/quick settings already suffer from that

      • Alex

        Yeah, I don't really understand why buttons like the hamburger menu aren't closer to the bottom of the screen on mobile devices, where your fingers are. If it was more convenient to reach to the top left of the screen, they'd put the navigation buttons there too, but it obviously isn't.

        Swiping from the right to bring up a side menu would be easier for the majority of people too (being right handed and so holding the device in the right hand, the thumb can more easily reach the right than the left.).

        I realise that 2 handed usage is common now, but I don't think that changes such as this would negatively affect 2 handed usage either. In fact having the menu button at the bottom where your other hand is already supporting the device would likely be less effort, as there wouldn't be the leverage of pushing at the top of the device.

    • mustafa

      You sir/mam, deserve an Iphone

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    No no no no no. I love the Navigation Drawer, Google WTF are you doing?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Screwing up Android again

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        Why are they doing this

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Because they are fucking idiots

          And now it seems that this will be the fait of ALL GAPPS across the board.... I seriously can't imagine navigating around YouTube without hamburger menu

          • miri

            Exactly! What were they thinking when they made the arbitrary limitation that only one UI pattern can exist at a time! Wait a sec...

            (though honestly, I think YouTube would be WAY better with an organized, collapsible drop down menu rather than the mile-long nav drawer it has now).

          • Crispin Swickard

            It will take them a year to roll out the design to everything, and by that point they will either change it back, or to something else which will take another year.

      • senor_heisenberg

        Changing the UI in their apps has fuck all to do with Android proper.

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I'm willing to wait to pass judgment, but dropping hamburger in G+ was already mildly irritating. It's been one of the single greatest editions to the Gmail app in its history, though. It's made its usage dramatically easier for me. I'll be very disappointed if this is true.

  • matteventu

    Where is the 4.4.3 that was rumored for today?

    • Brandon Smith

      Where was it rumored for today? I figured they're holding off for I/O for some reason :

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Rumored as in some random place said today was the day?

  • Brett Besa

    Hamburger is kill :(

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Also I absolutely cannot understand what was the whole purpose of updating the Google Apps, including GMail, with the inclusion of the Hamburger menu into them and putting the Settings shortcut there just to remove the menu altogether and replace it with this top menu...

  • Stanley C.

    Google! Do not mess my fu*** hamburguer menu! God damn you google devs. Stop! Please stop!

    • Impheatus

      Just what I was thinking...

  • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada EggoEspada

    Is it me, or does Google have some sort of ADHD around their mobile app designs? The second Google decides on a language and pushes it to their entire suite, they release or update an app with a completely new paradigm. I love how they're always trying to update things, but frankly this is annoying. Android is never consistent because Google is so indecisive about what they're doing. Even within their own apps

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Guess their motto is "Never Settle (with one design)", taken right from OnePlus

    • miri

      Not all apps need to be identical and no one pattern is universally applicable. If they come up with a new pattern with new use cases, they'd do well to apply it wherever it could make an improvement.

      • duse

        No, that's called bad design. They have no plan whatsoever. It's not "innovating" or improving anything, it's simply going in circles.

        • miri

          Doing what works rather than shoehorning features into arbitrary patterns = bad design. Gotcha.

          • duse

            You're contradicting yourself....if Google "did what works" they wouldn't have made this change, or the change before this...

            Nav drawer worked fine.
            Before nav drawer, folders were accessible from the "spinner" in the action bar...that worked fine too.

            I didn't even like nav drawer all that much, I thought the little button to access it was unintuitive. But the point is that Google doesn't have a plan, they waste devs' time teaching them UI paradigms that they only stick with for a year, it confuses users, and the changes are mostly just shuffling things around and not tangible improvements.

          • miri

            I mean doing what works best for each individual app. If the spinner works best for your app, use it. If tabs work best, use them. If the nav drawer works best, use it or any combination of what's available to make the app work. To try to shoehorn the navigation model of your app into the nav drawer paradigm regardless of whether it's appropriate would be VERY bad design. When Google introduces a new pattern, it's not to rally the entire development community in a new direction, but to offer new ideas that could work better in some cases than what's currently established.

          • jh

            It's clearly not working or they wouldn't be changing the design every 3 months.

      • abobobilly

        Actually NO. On a specific OS, it needs to be identical to present consistency in design language and to make the user's life easier making the concerned app more operable and easily manageable.

        BUT its Google, who is f*cking up a lot of things recently, and taking YEARS to correct their mistakes which they should've corrected YEARS Ago.

        Anyway, the new UI is so bland and boring that its not even funny. And i just don't know why the heck are they F*cking up the Side Bar. It has served a great purpose. Ironically, in G+ app they leave the Right Side Bar there (for notifications) but the Left One is totally missing ... which had much more benefit than the current "MOST F*CKED UP" Scheme. Imagine reaching that Top Menu on a Fucking Large Screen phone.

        • thelionk

          Getting rid of the sidebar is just... crazy! That was probably their most innovative UI element that they came up with.

        • David Belyea

          Wow, I did not realize that there was a right side bar in G+. That's stupid. I still can't figure out how to find some things in the app. At least I know where notifications are now.

  • SVem26

    No.. God. NOOOOOOOOOOO.. This is a step back.. *disables auto update*

  • Badouken

    ... CHANGE!?! rabble rabble rabble!!!

  • Friso Wels

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, why google.....

  • Ryan

    that fking top action bar is going to be a thing, I guess. Why keep the slide out navigation that made complete sense. ease of use is for suckers

  • Nir Galon

    Oh no! I love the hamburger navigation menu, it's so comfortable..

  • b0b

    This is good news! If only because it infuriates people that live and die for the hamburger menu. Because there is only one design that can only work, and it requires hamburgers.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i'm still predicting a swipe back gesture, similar to core ios apps.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Actually if Google wants to include that G+-like action bar on top for every app, they should implement Sailfish OS swipe from the edge navigation, but not for app swiping, as in case with Jolla, but for navigation around menus and such

      OR just place all the bars at the bottom

    • Aaron Jaeger

      The only reason I can think of to move away from slide in menus is because you want that gesture to do something else. We'll see.

      • Frank Stathes

        This is exactly what I was going to say. We are already speculating navigation will be different in the next Android update. Maybe the gesture will be used for something else.

      • abobobilly

        Think about it for a minute. Even if they want Gestures to do something else, why would they remove Navigation Drawer which acted like a "Shortcut" to MULTIPLE (not one) Options. How the f*ck are they gonna create different Gestures for it? And how the f*ck an average user will remember those Gestures? Wasn't it far easier to remember the Side Bar?

        I am hating Google these days, like REALLLY hating them for f*cking things up in the most fashionable way humanely possible.

    • Android Developer

      Could be a bit problematic, since swiping on Gmail is reserved for removing emails.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        Well I don't swipe away any emails when I pull out the menu drawer in the gmail apps current form. Its all good.

  • b0b

    I hope that from now on, users will aggressively request that apps do not have a navigation drawer anymore and include a 56dp action bar followed by a dropdown menu, with the same energy that they *require* transparent status bar and navigation in all apps. A new meme is going to begin soon...

  • Roh_Mish

    So they are now dumping hamburger

  • Artevius Hardin

    I didn't think I'd like the drop down in G+, but it has made it a lot easier for me to navigate on my tablet without needing both hands until I need to type. Nex7's form factor may be a big difference, since people with 10+ inch tablets probably use both hands at all times.
    There was a post that one of the Googlers said this wouldn't change the guidelines and that the devs should do what's best for their app instead of making sure they follow every guideline.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      But if they don't follow guidelines we won't have consistent apps. And that sucks because you will come into apps with some expectations over how they work, and when they behave differently, it's frustrating - frustration that builds over time as each app tries to do its own thing. Also, if apps don't follow these guidelines and standards they will have to convey more effectively how it is that they work after all... Which means more trouble and an interface constantly designed to "help" users use it instead of being just there with -content- first and foremost...

      • Artevius Hardin

        I agree. It's why a lot of official apps are playing second fiddle to 3rd party apps that follow the guidelines. The G+ app made it easier for me to navigate with one hand on a 7 inch tablet, the guidelines were previously preventing that. It's a 1-1 situation for me. Lost the drawer that I like, but I have a more comfortable experience on all of my devices now. I do feel that there will be more changes until the design is better for everyone overall whether they follow the guidelines or not.

  • Tiago Pestana

    Can we please sing a petition?? i mean I love the Navigation Drawer, Google WTF are you doing?

  • Bob Omb

    Everyone should go submit feedback from the G+ and Gmail apps and tell them to leave our hamburger navs alone.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      Done

    • abobobilly

      I am going to sumbit 1 Star Ratings in Play Store, and them Negative Feedback, bitchslapping Google.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    Geek.com leak looked decent but this?... wow Google is changing for the worse

  • duse

    1) It's obvious these design changes are motivated by a desire to get a consistent design going between Android and iOS. Think about it...iOS doesn't have a traditional action bar so they can't cram as many features up there as they do on Android. That's why they're putting the compose button at the bottom and Search in its own bar. That's the only way it makes sense. The action bar currently holds both of these things perfectly, I can't see why they'd move away from that and have a BLANK action bar except for to make it look similar to the iOS app. Which is ridiculous because Android users don't care what the iOS app looks like, and vice versa. This design is awful and a waste of space.

    2) Google started out ICS and JB without nav drawers, and then added them more recently. Now tons of third party devs are using them, including Google moving more functionality to them like Settings and Help, only for them to move away from it so quickly. This is simply terrible design, and it's evident now that just when you thought Android design was improving and becoming more polished and consistent, Google is intent on constantly throwing a wrench into it ala GB -> ICS, and the platform will never REALLY find its footing.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      I'm generally fine with change, if design doesn't change I find it very boring after a while and have desire to try something new, but this change is definitely for the worse.

  • andydont

    They do this right after finally moving the settings to the hamburger menu? WHY??

    • usamaisawake

      Agreed. I am on top of my technology but these changes are coming too quickly and I worry for my non-tech savvy friends. I guess this may be part of the new push for UI design to be the same across all devices but I hope this is the last big change for a while.

  • mustafa

    What I'm eagerly waiting for is a chrome update with a new ui and translucent bars

  • Matthew Fry

    Just in time for developers to catch up (including Google itself) to the hamburger menu design standard Google changes it. No wonder app designs are all over the place. I'm totally ok with an evolving design standard just... not so fast.

    • Android Developer

      What's "hamburger menu" ?
      Do you mean the navigation drawer?

      • Matthew Fry

        Hamburger

        • Android Developer

          That's why it's called this way?
          :)

      • abobobilly

        Wasn't "hamburger" a code name for new Navigation Drawer? (which isn't new now)

  • mauric

    Back to the old days!

  • http://j.mp/Shows-Interest Amelia parkar

    Why Google Interface toned down again?

  • Oobiewan

    bottom right compose button. yes. YES! (why are there ANY buttons on the top anyway. what if I have long fingers? what if i have a small screen? I still dont want to reach over the display. My eyes can look at the top. My fingers scream when they have to move any more than necessary.)

  • Cody Curry

    Ugh! I hated the slide out drawers but it worked for Gmail. Why are Google's updates making the design less usable?

    • Android Developer

      One of the most annoying places for the drawer was on the play store, but only because I still try to access the settings by clicking on the menu button...

  • Karan O

    i don't know if this mentioned earlier or not but do you guys realize that this new designs are following the same design standards of the CLOCK app that debuted in icecream[or jellybean? ] and everybody mentioned it as the next UI overhaul of android !? that was beta design and now they're moving that circle where the thumb reaches it easily [ yeah that would be the right side ] !
    and yes i don't have any life !

    • Allen

      How does your thumb like curling up into a ball just to hit a button on the bottom right? Should be on the left, like the nav drawer... Oh wait, that's so April 2014

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I swear, Google is like a damn little child these days: gets one toy, plays with it, stops liking it, throws it away, gets another one, rinse, repeat. Though on second thought it was actually like that ever since Android appeared...

  • Nathan Walters

    The navigation drawer was one of the best damn UX paradigms that Google ever standardized and promoted. I'm sad to see that it looks as though it's being eliminated from the standard Android design.

    • Aooga

      Right when developers actually start using it. I really liked it.

    • abobobilly

      Damn Right. I have loved that Side Bar to death. Even wanted a tiny SMS app which would have it. (Sadly, Hangouts' Side Bar is just as f*cked up as this supposed update, which sadly ... isn't even fixed after all those years).

      If this thing happens, my faith in Android is seriously going to be tranished. Because having Android but with iOS style experience ... F*CK THAT.

  • Anorax

    Wow, people are getting so ANGRY over this. People, calm down and get your knickers out of a twist. Technically speaking Google can do whatever they very well please. Getting angry over it isn't exactly going to fix things though

    • b0b

      That, and given that within a few months, everyone will love it anyway. Heck, AndroidCentral already loves it, but...that's to be expected.

  • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

    I kind of like the newly revamped Google+ app... guess I'm in the minority.

    • abobobilly

      Sure, the first look is likeable. Wait till you get to the "Useability" factor. Then i'll ask you how practical (or rather f*cked up) this new update is. It'll be even more apparent if you have got a larger screen phone.

      Good Luck

  • Pavel Sikun

    Drawerless layout sucks so much. GOOGLE Y R U DOIN DIS?

  • Android Developer

    Can anyone please explain what the rounded plus button on the bottom-right corner could be?
    Is it possible it's for multi-windows ?
    I've seen it on other leaks of other google apps...

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      It's the button to create a new item. In Gmail that would obviously be a new e-mail.

      • Android Developer

        Isn't it weird that it's there? I mean, what if the entire list is filled? Then a part of it won't be visible...

        • Squiddles

          It would disappear when you scrolled down. Just like in the G+ app.

          • Android Developer

            sounds a bit annoying, especially because we already have the action bar that takes the whole space on the top.

          • Squiddles

            The action bar also disappears when you scroll down in G+. Both reappear when you scroll up any amount.

          • Android Developer

            that also sounds annoying... :)

  • Allen

    You know what's hilarious? Google just rolled out a new version of Gmail with Settings, Help, and Feedback in the drawer. Not only that, the drawer is accessible anywhere now.

    • Allen

      But despite of this, I realize the drawer has become bloated and stupid. It is no longer quick. Before settings would take one quick swipe from the overflow. Now you have to swipe twice just to find the botton at the bottom, then click it. I like the G+ menu, but I don't know why its not a gesture.

      I love the tab switcher in Chrome. Google needs to implement that to multitasking as reported, and use a navigation bar like G+ with gestures for a similar tab/screen switching experience within the app.

      Seriously keep that crap away from the bottom, and don't tuck anything in a bloated drawer. You guys actually like holding a 5 inch phone at the bottom, making it top heavy and easy to fall from your hand? Makes no sense to me.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Why are they removing the drawer? Why? =(

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Wait, should we start a petition for Google to keep the fucking drawers?

  • Sky

    google is Bi-polar i tell you .. y u no make up mind goog? :s

  • Jess L

    Well I won't be updating.

  • Guest

    If it still doesn't allow me to use my desktop Gmail signature, then it's still not a significant enough update to me. Picture relevant. I've been able to do this on iOS for over a year now and I still can't do this on Android.

  • Tim

    If I still can't use my desktop signature in Gmail for Android, it's still not a significant update to me. See my linked picture (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1WzM9X7Q-eqYldNZGJEN2tXcWs/edit?usp=sharing). Why is this not on Android yet, but it's been on iOS for over a year now?

    • Sahil Chaturvedi

      Agreed!

  • iEmaaans

    I can't just understand why google is removing the nevigation drawer!!!? it makes all so neat and clean... Why google? is it because of stupid users that don't understand how to use navigation drawer???

  • Silver Finger Software

    No ! Bad Google ! Bad !

  • Tydilicious

    what a waste of space

  • Mariano Simmons

    Google is ADHD with design in general. not just apps..and it's really annoyingggg. How can you justify a new design language if 6 months later it's gonna be wrong and redone without fail. Even on the OS level, up until ICS we had click on home screen to access wallpapers and widgets, then post ICS they said ok, we're gonna put widgets in the app drawer. Then two revisions later at Kit Kat...we're back go having widgets accessed via press and hold again. Like wtf. If there's one thing I like About Apple...its that they think out a change, make it, and then stick with it.

  • Pascal

    so instead of side menu it will be drop down menu? Isn't it worse? 2 clicks instead of one slide and one click.

  • Crispin Swickard

    I just realized what this will do to the play store, and am not looking forward to it....

  • Michael M.

    If they remove side menu and replace it with on-tap-enabled bar on the TOP (5+ inches screens!!), i'm gonna change OS in my next phone.

  • Evan

    The thumbnail colors are the same if the sender is the same. so your mockup should have all the "L"'s as the one hue. Or mix in some other senders so you can use the other colors...

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