Screenshots of Gmail’s redesigned design have been discovered, and its appearance shows a variety of features that will be available to enterprise-specific Android and Web application services. The images were found by Twitter user Tahin Rahman on a slide show from the Google Cloud Next ’20 virtual event. Although the nine-week event kicked off yesterday, productivity and collaboration is scheduled for 21 July. These slides are likely to be part of these meetings.
Leaked images show the Android app’s four tags – Mail, Chat, Room and Meet – placed at the bottom. The search giant integrated Meet with Gmail on the web earlier this year and in Android and iOS in June. Chat and room tags bring more collaboration capabilities, and likely make Gmail a unified communications hub. Chat tabs let users see personal and group conversations within the app and prompt users to see missed conversations, as they do in Gmail. The Rooms tab lets users view projects and other team collaboration activities at any time, bringing features similar to those of competing platforms such as Slack.
Notable improvements will be the introduction of “room” and “chat” into the service. Users will be able to share projects through Roomers and be able to exchange files, delegate tasks, and more. It also integrates with Google Docs for “side-by-side document editing” and supports the picture-in-picture feature of Meet calls.
The search giant has been rumored to be developing a unified messaging app for businesses. With these changes, it seems that these efforts are ultimately focused on making G Suite users’ Gmail a hub for collaboration and communication. It’s unclear when these features will start rolling out to enterprise customers and what control they give administrators to adjust the experience.