Yesterday, Google warned G Suite administrators about an impending Gmail redesign. We weren't expecting to hear much more about it for a few weeks, but The Verge has gotten their hands on screenshots of the new design. The email yesterday revealed that Google plans to make G Suite apps, like Google Calendar, more accessible from the Gmail web interface. The screenshot below from The Verge confirms that -- it shows a clean design, with a sidebar for Google Calendar at the left hand of the screen. The sidebar can actually be customized depending on what you use the most to show Google Calendar, Keep or Tasks.
If you switch over to the new design on your computer, you'll immediately notice that things look a bit different. The compose button is now a whimsical oval like a blimp rather than the bright red rectangle from before. If you choose the standard display model--which makes the line for each email rather large--gmail will also now show you previews of files that may be attached to emails. For instance, I bought two train tickets that came attached as PDFs and Gmail shows me buttons in the preview view that I can click to bring up the PDF. It works in a thread, so I don't have to go searching through individual emails to find the correct one.
Google announced on Friday the integration of Google Calendar events into Google Maps for Android, thanks to an update starting to rollout worldwide on Google Play. Google Maps is getting a coupons and deals infusion in a move that will become increasingly handy as wearable technology accelerates. Now, when you leave for a meeting, you will no longer have to open the Google Calendar app for the address attached to the event. An "Upcoming" tab within the Google Maps "Your places" section will list events pulled directly from Calendar. "With your Google Calendar events on the map, now you've got one more way to personalize and make the most of your Google Maps experience," wrote Zach Maier, product manager at Google Maps, in a blog post.