It’s been clear lately that something new was coming for Gmail. Screenshots shown at Google I/O seemed to reveal a new look for the Android app, and rumors suggested that an announcement of an update could be just about to arrive. Sure enough, Google’s come through with news of a big Gmail refresh, only it’s not exactly what we were expecting.
Indeed, today’s news is a bit more broad than just a new look for the Android app. Google is introducing a new way to do inboxes, splitting your messages up into inboxes that group them by type: one for social networking, one for promotional correspondence from businesses, and one for news about app updates, as well as keeping track of invoices and receipts. Of course, there’s still a primary inbox for regular old emails.
Thankfully this will all be optional, and if you’re a purist you can keep doing things the tried-and-true way.
What about app updates? Well, Google says that new inboxes will be rolled-out gradually over the next few weeks, for desktop, Android, and iOS users alike. Desktop users will be able to enable it in their browsers, while we’re likely looking at updates for the mobile apps. Regardless of how it gets here, it’s on its way, so keep an eye out for it.