Google Tasks, the long-neglected to-do list function buried in Gmail, might be getting a fresh face. A tipster tells us Google has uploaded new Tasks-related assets and set up new URLs for the service.
There are plenty of third-party apps and browser extensions that aim to make using Tasks a more palatable experience, but the official version is looking pretty old-school, and not in a good way:
According to our tipster, an updated web app is on the way, as evidenced by the behavior of the new URL, tasks.google.com. The address isn't live yet and gives a 404 error, but it mimics the redirect behavior of Google's up-to-date web apps, like Google+ and Gmail.
Google's older web app URLs handled Chrome user profiles differently than its modern apps; whereas old apps appended the app URL with the identifier ?authuser=# to differentiate between profiles, newer ones use the shorter u/#/. Trying to access a newer web app via the former method will redirect to the latter.
To wit, navigating to tasks.google.com/?authuser=0 will redirect you to tasks.google.com/u/0/ (go ahead, try it). Trying the same with a random address that doesn't exist, like, say, banana.google.com/?authuser=0, doesn't yield the same result.
We also have a new icon for the service—a stylized white-and-yellow check mark very much in line with Google's modern design aesthetic:
Additionally, our tipster shared the location of what appears to be an icon mask matching the full-color icon, with a URL that makes clear reference to Tasks.
Google Tasks doesn't currently have an official Android app or integrate with the reminders users can set via Google Assistant. It's unclear whether a future update to the service will change that.