After Reader, Google updates Gmail

Just yesterday, we reported about the new Google Reader update, which disabled several older sharing features and put more focus on the Google+ sharing feature. Gmail users were given access to the preview over the months and the final build resembles it for the most part, and has a bunch of new features. One of the new features is the advanced search, which allows for easier and more accurate search of mails. You no longer have to remember complex keywords to use in the search. The themes on Gmail have been updated, as well. The image resolutions are better, which means better looking themes, in addition to completely new themes. 

 

Not just a new look

Not just a new look

 

 

The interface also looks well-spaced, as compared to the old Gmail interface. Conversations are easier to understand, in the sense that there are profile images of people next to the mails and the brief of previous mails in the conversation also shows up in the view. The view of your inbox can also be made more compact to show more mails in a view. If you don’t like what you see, you can also revert back to the older design temporarily. The page also adjusts better when you resize the browser window. The toolbar that lets you perform tasks has also been reworked. Some of the elements, such as the label list, the chat window can also be adjusted, so they take less space and you can prioritize things as you wish.

 

Google has been ramping up some of its service. Not all of these changes have come as good news to everyone. Just yesterday, Google announced that it would be making Maps a paid service for advanced users. The new Google Reader update was also launched yesterday and the decision to disable older sharing features upset quite a few.