Google Updates Gmail on Desktop and Mobile With Redesigned Inbox

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, May 29, 2013.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Google today announced a brand new inbox on desktop and mobile that offers improved filtering in the form of a tabbed layout, which supports up to five different organizational tabs.
    The new design, which lets users organize bulk mail into specific categories, will be used both on the web and in Google's mobile apps. Categories include Main, Social, Offers, Notifications, and Forums, and users can customize the inbox by selecting which tabs to use.

    Messages can be dragged and dropped between tabs and Google allows users to set email from a particular sender to always appear in a specified tab. Tabs will need to be configured via the desktop, but will be displayed on mobile via a tray that slides out from the left side of the Gmail app.

    The redesign will be deployed to both mobile and desktop users on a rolling basis over the next few weeks, and enabling the tabs will require Gmail users to implement the new inbox feature by selecting "Configure Inbox" when the option appears in the Settings menu.

    Gmail for iOS is a free app that can be downloaded from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Google Updates Gmail on Desktop and Mobile With Redesigned Inbox
  2. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    Doesn't virtually everyone use aggregate email clients anyway? Who wants one that can only do one type of account?
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    That's certainly how I feel, but there must be someone because these single-client apps continue to get developed. Strange, but to each his own.
  4. canucksfan88 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2007
    it filters. since i use gmail for work, being able to filter is awesome. i will welcome this so my main inbox isnt flooded with promo that I want to still get
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I tend to use the web client more when Mail craps out and decides not to send using the right address. I really would love to see this change.
  6. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
  7. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I use Apple's Mail program for all of my important email accounts, but for my personal Gmail accounts (one for giving to retailers and such, etc.) they aren't important enough to warrant using any hard drive space or offline access, so it looks like I'm the targeted audience for this new feature ;)
  8. Parasprite macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    I guess I must not be their targeted audience.
  9. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012

    always liked Gmail, in any platform or computer I had used. Really likes in my iPhone, sometimes is a life and time saver.

  10. toaster64 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2013
    That's what I was thinking. Maybe it's the same reason why people use Yahoo Messenger.
  11. SandPebble macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2012
  12. SandboxGeneral Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 8, 2010
    Orbiting a G-type Main Sequence Star
    I have several email accounts of various domains and I have them all dump into my Gmail account, with one exception. For all the ones that dump into Gmail I use filters and labels to separate them.

    I use the web interface for Gmail and no clients, except fot the Gmail iOS app. For me, it works great.

    This new update looks interesting and will check it out once it rolls out to my account.
  13. Smigit macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2011
    I have a single Gmail account setup using Google Apps (with my own domain) that then has a few Alias addresses associated with it to help seperate things. For me, the Gmail app works fine since I get a unified view of all my email addresses anyway since they go into the one account. Filters automatically applied to each address then labels mail should I want to drill into seperate accounts.

    I don't get my exchange based work email, but I actually make a point not to configure work email on my personal phone so that I can cut ties from the office when I go home. I carry two phones when needed for work, and if I need to be contactable after hours I leave that second phone about in earshot, otherwise it is on silent or left in the office.

    That all said, I use the default Mail app generally. I usually only load the Gmail app if I need to get email I have archived. I could comfortably swap to the Gmail app if I wanted however.

    I'd have also imagined that -most- people don't need to get work related enmail from home and would have a single email account they actively use and that they would be the target for such an app.
  14. nikhsub1 macrumors 68010


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    I certainly don't. Why would someone need more than one email client? I use one gmail account to collect and manage 4 other email accounts. Maybe I'm missing something?
  15. otismotive77 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2013
    the new design looks complex.
    but, i have to admit gmail is the best email app out there.
  16. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    I think the new design is for people who don't actually manage their inbox. They just read mail and never do anything to them (label/archive them). I think if you already use filters and labels, you would want to disable the new feature. But for the average person who doesn't, this could make the inbox not be so overwhelming.
  17. blitzer09x87 macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2013
    hmmm... the redesigned gmail is classy.
    google never rests, they keep on changing and improving their services.
  18. SandPebble macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2012
  19. joejoejoe macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    just got it

    it's cool, the combination of colored lables and these tabs gives me a much cleaner view of my email.

    i sincerely miss my unread email at the very top of my inbox, however. this was my way of keeping a virtual to do list in my email.

    i've been thinking about making the switch to mailbox, but this might stall my wanting to archive absolutely everything in my inbox. it's a nice layout and overview of everything in my gmail.

    lastly, kudos to google for announcing something and bringing it to me right away. i hate facebook for making me now wait for months for the new news feed. telling me i'm on a nonexistent waitlist (friends of mine who never waitlisted got the new news feed already).

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