In the days following Google I/O 2013, we’ve been seeing Google distribute updates to a number of its Android apps; Drive and Google+ saw such updates land over the past week. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that more are on their way, and today we get what could be an early look at one of them, upon the discovery of what looks like a screenshot of an upcoming Gmail refresh used in a Google I/O presentation.
The talk about Structure in Android App Design touched on Google’s design for a navigation drawer, and the visual demo used shows that drawer present in a new look for Gmail. Compared to the current view, there’s some smarter grouping going on here, and the list of labels better fills the screen, sharing more info in the process.
You also might notice that the navigation buttons usually down at the bottom have relocated up top, freeing up some screen space. There are also hints here at some more cosmetic changes, like larger star icons – there are probably quite a bit more little tweaks like this present in the new Gmail, that a single screenshot just can’t reveal. The good news is that we’ll probably be seeing this update go official in the near future.