First look: Gmail's latest redesign

Google's new Gmail interface attempts to do away with the headaches of email management

Gmail

What's new is even newer again

Google, as you may have noticed, is a company that likes to shake up existing products and even kill them off when it feels the time is right. While Gmail is apparently here to stay, the Goog has rolled out another interface overhaul.

Gmail
Google

Tabs! Tabs! Tabs!

For the desktop version of the new Gmail, the big new feature is tabs -- you can now split your inbox up by label, resulting in a less cluttered view.

Gmail Android
Google

Android

The tab interface might have looked a bit cluttered on a smartphone screen, so Google changed it up a little for the Android version -- though the tabs are technically still there. 

Gmail iOS
Google

iOS

The interface looks very different on iPhones, but the basic elements are still there.

Gmail social
Google

Social

This tab collects all the notifications you get from social networks, so you'll be looking at this when you get the message that dozens of people retweeted something stupid you said at 3 a.m.

Gmail
Google

Updates

Wondering where the heck that confirmation email from Amazon about your new pipe organ has gone? Wonder no more. (Also, Google's example person apparently flies Blitz Air -- shouldn't someone tell her that's not a real airline?)

Gmail
Google

Promotions

Essentially, a legitimized version of the spam folder, this is where all your "50 percent off used printer parts and Viagra" emails will end up. OK, maybe the Viagra ones will still wind up in spam.

The full overview

Here's Google's teaser for the feature, set to "Please Mr. Postman." (Not the Beatles version.) The new inbox is being rolled out in stages, and you can go back to the old one by changing the settings under the gear menu.