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Gmail 5 for Android Concept

I've been imagining what Gmail for Android could look like in a post-Google Now world. After seeing the Gmail for iOS design, I was inspired to create a concept that adopts the best of both apps.

The basic premise of this redesign is new navigation, and more focus on people and content. I've been working on this in tiny bursts for a while, and wanted to get more screens done, but at this rate, the actual app will come out first.

I hope to, at least, get more done to show how the cards would work in the Conversation view. We'll see...

Note: These are just conceptual images of a theoretical version of Gmail. They were created in Photoshop. Google had nothing to do with this concept, and you shouldn't expect Gmail to ever look this way. :-)

Zip with all images - http://goo.gl/QfbrS

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+Fernando Maldonado What we have spoken about as to Android having the lesser version of Gmail. Thus proving that iPhone has nearly all of the superior of Google apps on iPhone instead of being as great or greater on Android.
 
Damn impressive! Do you have some thoughts on Google Now-esque card design that you'd could share?
 
Personally I like the current spinner in the action bar more than a sidemenu - especially on devices with larger displays.
 
+Leif Sikorski It's nice for power users, but I'd be willing to bet that the overwhelming majority of users only have/use one account.

+G. Hussain Chinoy When I have some time, definitely. Have to get back to work now, lunch is over. ;-)
 
+Angel Luis Vazquez not every app is better on iOS. I think Google maps is actually better on Android. The gmail app on android does sick compared to the iOS version but mailbox is even better. I can only imagine what gmail would've looked like if they bought instead of dropbox. 
 
+Evgeni Kirilov Yeah, I envision settings similar to the web app; "Cozy, Comfortable, etc". The inbox items could easily lose the second line of the email preview.

In my opinion, you design for the masses, and expose options/settings for the power users.
 
+David Schmidt What about them? ;-)

A man can only do so much in his free time. This took months.
 
I'm sorry Paul. Didn't want to put pressure. Beautiful work, I especially like the fact there's priority inbox.
 
Whoa! You know Larry Page? 

(Hmm, I guess I'am a little troll today. Sorry. Nevermind, really awesome MockUp! Good work!)
 
Great stuff, Paul, I'm at work now but I'll check this screens later, but I love the launcher icon, rounded icons doesn't look bad on Android apps at all. Nice work!
 
Awesome work here Paul! I got excited over the inclusion of even a little color, let alone everything else.
 
+Walmyr Carvalho Thanks, but note: That is the new official gmail icon -- I did not create it. (You can find it in Chrome, iOS and the Gmail web favicon.)
 
+Paul Burke Yeah, I know, but it's not the actual icon of the Android app, that's what I mention, works better than the actual one, I guess.
 
+Walmyr Carvalho Yeah, the new icon is great. I imagine that it is the only thing that will actually make it to the real Gmail 5.0. :-) It wasn't clear if you thought I had created it.
 
If they keep the whole 3d perspective style they could easily apply it to that icon as well.
 
Looks beautiful. The only problem I see is that in the email view I don't see any way to reply or forward :-) 
 
+Jonathan Corvin-Blackburn The conversation screen isn't actually showing an email, it's only showing what a calendar attachment would look like. The reply/forward buttons would be in the top-right corner of each message, similar to the way it is now. The general reply/forward to the thread would follow the iOS pattern (at the bottom of the thread).
 
It would be really nice if Google actually adopt some of those features, good job!
 
+Paul Burke pretty nice concept. For me, it would be even more perfect if there could be a "Save-to-Drive"-option for attachments and of course adding attachments from Drive. Don't you think so, too?
 
PLEASE DO NOT FORCE US TO USE G+ FOR THIS...

1.) I use my company GApps account daily, that account does NOT have a G+ account and it's annoying that it suggest I join G+ everytime I accidentally end up on G+. I want my personal account ONLY.

2.) PLEASE make it so you can LINK Gmail accounts. 1 MASTER, THE REST SLAVES. I have 3 gmail accounts, 1st is personal, 2nd is a side project gapps biz, 3rd is my companies gapps biz account. Why can't I specify 1 to be the master of all? PLEASE!

3.) Imagine how much of nightmare it is to manage an Android device when you have this situation. Contacts get synced to the wrong account, craigslist email ads get synced to the phone contact list, for whatever reason a client's contact information ends up in your contact list, oh hey they have you now too so they are calling your personal cell phone off hours. WTF?

Is there a way to force a Google Apps for Business to NOT have G+ and Youtube accounts associated with any accounts? THAT WOULD BE NICE. Employees that accidentally sign up for a G+ account how do they transfer their G+ account off of my companies domain, I have no idea, why did you use a company email when you have the option of leaving the company? Ask Google Support.

I would like to consolidate my 3 gmails into 1, however, I have Youtube, G+, Android, various accounts tied to oAuth, gmails, etc... It sucks, but I need at least 2... And that's still a pain.

The day when Gmail forces me to sign up for a G+ account under my company email is going to be really shitty because then I'll have to hear employees ask "which one of the duplicate G+ accounts is real" I will also get notifications that people circled my business account. Ignore it and say to myself, "man, wouldn't it be nice if they actually found my personal one? I could post an announcement of a new feature we offer... but no, I have 2 G+ accounts..." - I actually had 3 at one point, and I deleted 2 after I realized how confused people were getting.
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I like it mostly. Not a fan of images for non-contacts, the sections in the main screen or the dark drawer, but love the rest. 
 
LOL @ the fact that you marked the mail from Larry Page as Important while a not-so-important mail from Neil DeGrasse Tyson languishes, "I need your help....There is no one else to turn to" ! :-)
 
+Thomas Beling My thoughts, exactly. If you check out the annotated screen, you will see that the attachment icon is marked to directly open Drive.

+eDDi Hughes Huh?!

+Vijay Varanasi Oh, that's a normal occurrence with NdGT. He always needs help with something. ;-)
 
That looks nice, but the inbox is only showing 4 messages. Maybe it'd fit 5 on screen without the giant headers but I can see 9 in the current version on a similar res screen.
Paul W.
 
Maybe I missed it, but there's no obvious reply button in emails?
 
+Paul W Answered above (obviously I should have annotated this):

The conversation screen isn't actually showing an email, it's only showing what a calendar attachment would look like. The reply/forward buttons would be in the top-right corner of each message, similar to the way it is now. The general reply/forward to the thread would follow the iOS pattern (at the bottom of the thread).
 
+Rysjamir Guevara From the post:

These are just conceptual images of a theoretical version of Gmail. They were created in Photoshop. Google had nothing to do with this concept, and you shouldn't expect Gmail to ever look this way.
 
It looks good but why not allow me to sort by unread?  Also take a look at Yahoo's recent upgrade to their email app.  Right now it is quite a bit easier to navigate and use than GMail on my S3.
 
+Casey Foster The important/unread emails pushed to the top here, but you could add the "Unread" section in Inbox, similar to the way the web interface works. Gmail doesn't really have sorting, per se. Labels, sections, and search cover it.
 
Cool concept. I think we may see a Google Maps and Gmail redesign at IO.

One little nitpicky thing, you didn't follow the holo guidelines on implementing a navigation drawer. The action bar should also slide to the right to make room for the navigation drawer.
 
+Paul Burke 

My mistake. I knew there was definitely an unofficial rule, but I guess I got it the wrong way around. Great work though. I'd be pretty happy if Gmail turned out like this.
 
+Nikolas Skoufis Definitely not your fault, especially considering that even Google's own apps don't all do it the same way (e.g. YouTube vs. Google+).
 
+Nikolas Skoufis Great work man. This is a super neat design, and I truly hope that someone important takes notice of this. I really appreciate great aesthetic design with heavy nods towards minimalism. It's gorgeous, to say the least. Great work!
 
+Darryll Silva Thanks. I must say, though, this design is essentially all-Google. It takes heavy influence from the existing Android, web, and iOS Gmail clients. Not to mention, Google Now and Google+.

So, if anything, it's me that took notice of Google. ;-)
 
+Paul Burke 
For sure. I totally understand that. It's definitely something Google has already put out there. However, wrapping that up and actually doing something with it? Totally different story. 
 
Wow, this is pure excellence. If the next version of gmail is even half as nice as this, I'll be ecstatic!

Also, thanks for not dressing these up like some sort of "leaked" version of the new gmail and instead letting it get recognition on its own merits.
 
Es un buen diseño me agrada ojalá lo implementen en una futura actualización, gran trabajo :) 
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excellent design, I hope to see you soon in my galaxy
 
This looks nice, but it's certainly cluttered.

Also, my least favorite feature of the iOS Gmail app is the account switch function – it requires three steps to the Android app's two steps.

Other than that, looks great.
 
Love the idea! Hope the next update turns out to look like this!
 
Eh, I don't think it's an upgrade.  You can already swipe to archive from the conversation list.  There is already a fast and easy account switcher in the android gmail app. The only real improvements are unread counters and sorting it into "important and unread" -- which I am not a particular fan of, even on the desktop.

Other than that, you're just making everything bigger and less usable.  Circular photos looks a bit silly, and being able to see only FOUR conversations in an ideal situation (as in the first screenshot) seems like a major hassle. E-mail shouldn't be a sexed-up showy app, and scrolling 50 times to find the message you want will drive you mad within 2 hours. Here's the simple way to do account switching or folder nav now:

https://plus.google.com/photos/103569483074081271380/albums/5865629036799900497?authkey=CIOQlrXquLKMmwE

No dragging, single click from listing. If you want to archive something, you can either do so from a simple button inside of the message or drag the item either left or right from the listing screen, with a nifty integrated undo functionality. What, exactly, is the problem you're solving here?
 
At the risk of simply flaming a hater...

+Tris Warkentin:

You can already swipe to archive from the conversation list.
- I didn't change that.

There is already a fast and easy account switcher in the android gmail app.
- See comments above and iOS client.

The only real improvements are unread counters and sorting it into "important and unread" -- which I am not a particular fan of
- I am pretty sure that you are in the minority here. There are a bunch of other minor improvements, but you seem to have missed them.

Circular photos looks a bit silly
- I respectfully disagree (and I am not alone -- after all, this is modeled after Google properties). They also function as quick-contact badges.

Other than that, you're just making everything bigger and less usable.
- Less usable, huh? This I would really love for you to elaborate on.

FOUR conversations in an ideal situation (as in the first screenshot) seems like a major hassle.
- See comments above. I believe it's unnecessary to see 9 things on screen, when my eyes and brain can only focus on one at a time.

... and scrolling 50 times to find the message you want will drive you mad within 2 hours
- Making each list item take up more space and including a thumbnail greatly improves glance-ability. Also, by your calculation, my design shows half of the current implementation. Swiping up 25 times is pretty silly. Try using search.

If you want to archive something, you can either do so from a simple button inside of the message or drag the item either left or right from the listing screen, with a nifty integrated undo functionality.
- This is unchanged.

What, exactly, is the problem you're solving here?
- The problem I am trying to solve is making email more reflective of the way people actually use it. Email is already content-rich and people-focused, but the typical Email client does not reflect this. I also simply wanted to try my hand at what Gmail would look like after seeing the recent progression of Google design. Namely, Google Now and Gmail for iOS.

Also, thanks for the screenshot of current Gmail. I was not familiar with that spinner pattern. /s

(Waiting on your usability notes.)
 
I mean this to be constructive.  Can we please reverse the white space trends that we've been seeing in the newer Google designs, especially on a device with a 3"-4" screen?  Or include compact/cozy/etc layout choices?  Current design allows for 6 messages to be viewed, this seems to only allow 4 (unless you've got an option to get rid of the collapsible priority inbox bars entirely).

In my opinion, compact and eye pleasing aren't mutually exclusive terms.
 
+Josh Chester Please see comments above, where I specifically discuss compact/cozy/etc settings, and notes in the slides, that specifically mention full control over inbox sections.
 
+Paul Burke "In my opinion, you design for the masses, and expose options/settings for the power users."  Oh I think we're going to get along just fine.  How much does it cost to unleash you on the Chrome 26 or Google Music UIs?
 
Hmm, did my comment just not get posted, or did you remove it?
 
I did! I wrote a really long reply, actually. I will see if I can dig it up somehow; I've got way too much work to retype :-) 
 
+Tris Warkentin I'm sorry to hear that. It didn't make it to my email either, and you're obviously not banned in any way. Pretty strange. Hope you will, at least, retry with a summary of what you had written.
 
+Paul Burke love the idea. implementing the side swipe menu leaves more space for emails especially on phones. i think the current style works best for tablets. also would like to see how this looks for a nexus 7.
 
Love the hybridized G+/Cards look. Looks very clean yet functional.

I think you could also implement some form of "compact" scrolling list for those with larger caches of mail, only displaying the titles and labels. A two-finger swipe gesture will reveal more detail on a specific message.
 
Nice design, i love the job you did, really appreciate it
 
This is a really good concept: beautiful and useful. Great job!
 
Google should hire you! ;-)

I don't usually like or check those concepts, but yours is neat, clean and very professional. Good work! 
Ali M.
 
This would be an awesome look. 
 
AWESOME!!! If you launch an application for GMail with that ui desing, i would pay for it. It's a GREAT JOB.
 
Love this concept I wish it become real
 
+Paul Burke I hope that Google picks this up and asks you to design their next update. Just love this, pure creativity.
 
Amazing, absolutely amazing. I wish I had even a fraction of your design vision.
 
Very nice. A thing I would change:
-the action bar is contextual so it should slide away right when lateral menu is opened
 
+Paul Burke It's just an opinion, I don't agree the 2 reasons given in the video: 1- don't do it because means extra code and it's difficult 2- the UI confuses user.
It's not difficult and does not confuses user, it's part of the right context so it shouldn't be there, by pressing "find" icon when opened you're going to search for stuff in the right side, you are not searching for things inside the drawer, you're going to close it and search outside, it's like putting a light-switch for your living-room in the bathroom.
This doesn't mean anything, even Google doesn't know what to do (see G+ -and YouTube), it's just my opinion
 
+Marius B. You disagree that search, in Gmail, is global? Well... it is.
 
+Paul Burke it IS conceptually global but visually you'll have to open back to display filtered mails, I'm saying visually it's not it's place 
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That looks brilliant, so when's the release date? Would like swipe left or right for Archive/Delete in list view too. I'm not too sure about the 2 fingure gesture - I would probably not use it as I mainly use my phone one handed...
 
Some of you act like you know what is needed so well that in your mind you think it's easy.. "just do it"... You know so well you should do it yourself... 
 
+Frank Hirrill it's a concept with some nice ideas. submitting a design is different than create an app, and he never sais it was easy. It's true that Gmail for android need a redesign, and the concept proposed here looks nice enough to me, moreover it's coherent with the design style google is using
 
I'm sorry I wasn't clear. In the feed one of the comments was pretty detailed about someone's ambition, trying to pass it on as if it is a given easy process... That's where my comment came from... I'm one of the dumb asses searching the Web for a beta of this... Excellent idea... 
 
You're a genius! This is so beautiful!
 
Really digging this design. Just sucks that it's only that. A design.
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