Over the weekend we showed you leaked screenshots of a new Gmail interface. Today the new tabbed interface, which Google says “puts you back in control,” has been announced. The new design features five tabs – primary, social, promotions, updates, and forums – in which Gmail will automatically sort your incoming mail. This is just another step in decluttering and simplifying your email experience.
The tabs are pretty self explanatory, social is for emails from social networks, promotions is for coupons, updates is for confirmations and receipts, and forums is for messages from discussion boards and mailing lists. Primary is of course for everyday email that you don’t want sorted. You can tell Gmail to remember sort your emails differently by dragging messages to different tabs, and tabs can be removed, but for some reason they can’t be reordered.
If you look closely at the screenshot above, you can see that enhanced swiping support and a new navigation menu have been added to the Android app. The menu looks very “Holo,” and goes along with all of the other Google apps that have been updated in recent weeks.
This new inbox view is of course optional, just like the “Priority inbox” view has been for the last three years. Android and iOS versions will arrive in the next few weeks, but you can get a sneak peek at the desktop version by watching a “Configure inbox” option pop up in the settings menu in the top right of the interface.
Source: Google Blog