Google is updating its Gmail app for tablets, moving the bottom bar items to a left-aligned navigation lane for better use of screen space.
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The Gmail application for tablets is beginning to receive some expected design changes as part of what appears to be a new strategy to engage tablet users. Perhaps tablets are the most overlooked devices by Google, a device type that was supposed to replace PCs and ended up falling short.
But from the offices of Mountain View, it seems they are willing to continue working on this to give more relevance to this type of device. And the best way they’ve found is an update that moves the elements that were previously arranged in the bottom bar of the email application to a new left-aligned sidebar. This frees up more space for the email list, making it easier to view and manage messages.
This is how the new Gmail sidebar looks on tablets
The new sidebar includes the same options as the old bottom bar, including the compose button, the hamburger menu, shortcuts to chat and spaces, and the navigation bar. This change aligns with Google’s material design guidelines, which recommend using navigation bars on larger screens to make better use of available space.
Other Google applications that have been updated to take advantage of navigation bars include Google Photos, Files, Home, Play Store, Drive, and News. The new Gmail design is not yet available to all users but is being gradually rolled out.
This is how the new version of Gmail looks on tablets.
Overall, this update is a welcome improvement for Gmail users on tablets. The left-aligned navigation bar makes the application easier to use on larger screens.
- The update is being rolled out gradually, so you may not see it on your device yet.
- If you don’t want to wait, you can force the update by opening the Gmail app and then tapping the three-dot icon in the upper right corner. Then, select “Refresh.”
- The update is also available for foldable tablets.
Note: This content has been translated with an artificial intelligence tool, so the translation may be slightly inaccurate. The original version written by our editor is the Spanish version.