Google started rolling out an updated UI for Gmail in February that brings Meet, Chat and Spaces closer together and further enforces its Material You-style effects. Starting today, it becomes opt-out instead of opt-in, so your account will switch to the new default view very soon.
It’s not a huge change, but as Google transitions from its current Mail app and transforms its Workspace suite into a better competitor to Office, it puts more emphasis on updated experiences.
If you can’t tell what’s different here, the updated UI brings the buttons for Mail, Meet, Spaces, and Chat together in a list at the top of the left rail instead of showing multiple conversations of each in a list. . They’re always easily accessible without having everything on screen at once, and you can quickly jump into a conversation in any section because a list will pop up when you hover over its icon.
And if you just want to have one particular form of on-screen communication without the others (like Gmail), that’s a little easier to do since Chat and the rest are no longer listed under your inboxes and labels.
According to Google, you can choose which apps are included in the Quick Settings menu, where you can revert to the old look if you prefer. Unlike the usual 15-day rollout for new features, Google says this one is an “extended rollout”, so while it’s coming to Workspace and personal Gmail accounts, it may take longer than a few weeks for your interface changes on its own. If you just want to try it out, you should be able to subscribe (and unsubscribe) from the quick settings menu right now, as long as you’ve already switched to chat from Hangouts and positioned chat in the left menu . .