The Gmail App is Getting a Material Theme Rework for its Android and iOS Mobile Apps

A big Gmail Material Theme update is about to hit both the Android and iOS mobile apps, Google has announced in a blog post…

Tech colossus Google first introduced its new design principles in 2014, apty called Material Design. Since then, it’s been renamed Material Theme. And, its elements have been applied to a number of Google’s products, including Drive, Translate, Photos, Calendar, Tasks, and Gmail for the web. Now, the same elements are coming to Gmail for mobile.

Gmail Material Theme Update Rolling Out to Android, iOS in the Coming Weeks

The new Gmail Material Theme update includes plenty of white. It sheds the familiar red header in favor of more white space and brings a cleaner UI. 

Gmail Material Theme changes
Credit: Google

Although the functionality isn’t that much different, it does carry over the new multi-colored compose plus sign. Also, the static header is now an active search bar. Additionally, it includes a new way to switch accounts on the fly with a shortcut.

Google explains:

“This update is part of a larger effort to make G Suite look and act like a family of products, designed in the Google Material Theme with ease-of-use in mind. We’ve already updated the web experiences for Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and most recently Google Docs and Sites. In the coming weeks, you’ll see the new mobile design in Gmail on Android and iOS, with more G Suite mobile apps to follow later this year.”

Bill Boyles

Bill is a freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.