Gmail is in for a major user interface overhaul. An eagle-eyed Google watch blogger earlier today caught a video from Google UI wizard Jason Cornwell demonstrating a “completely redesigned” interface on what looks like an imminent Gmail release.
Within minutes Google took it down — a “it was a mistake,” a Google PR person said — but not before mirror sites and YouTube postings were up. Check out the video we captured from one mirror, below. Cornwell says “we’ve completely redesigned the look and feel of Gmail to make it as clean, simple, and intuitive as possible.”
A radically revamped Gmail affects tens of millions of computer users globally, analysts say. Google’s latest Gmail member stats put it at just above 40 million. A new version was expected as early as November. This video points to an earlier release. We’ll see.
At Google I/O this summer, the same executive showed a few promised enhancements, but nothing compared to the the depth of detail you see in the video below. Check out the new action bar functionality, themes, profile pics glued to every message — and that customizable search box Gmail users have been pining away for.
Gotta love those Google watch blogs!