May 29 AT 12:52 PM Dustin Earley 22 Comments

Google overhauls Gmail with automated sorting and new Android UI

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Email is a blessing and a curse; it has completely changed the way we communicate, but it can be incredibly overwhelming. Email fatigue is very real, and it can be crippling to productivity. With some people getting tens to hundreds of emails a day, all lumped into one box, it can be hard to stay on top and see through the clutter. Google is looking to remedy this by rolling out a revamped version of Gmail complete with automated sorting, and an updated Android app to match.

With the new Gmail, your primary inbox is probably the last place you’ll be checking for email from now on. Google has employed algorithms to Gmail that will automatically sort all of your email into one of five categories, each with its own special inbox. The categories include primary, social, promotions, updates and forums. The categories can be turned on and off, or you can back out of the new system completely.

The theory behind the new Gmail is that with the way things were, users had lost control on their inbox. Now, you can leisurely browse through the email you want, when you want. If you’re looking for some coupons from someone like Groupon, the promotions tab is where you’ll want to look. If you’re on the hunt for a credit card statement, check updates. The new categories lack deep customization at the moment, but this is just the beginning.

Along with the new Gmail configuration for desktop, Google is rolling out an Android app that takes advantage of the new changes. The new Gmail app for Android features a slick sliding menu panel UI and easy access to all of your categories. The new Gmail for desktop and mobile has already begun rolling out, though it may take a few weeks to reach your devices.

Once you’ve had a chance to play with the new Gmail, let us know what you think in the comments below.

Source: Google

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • halo0

    The only thing missing…. how do we get this new inbox? I don’t have it and see no way to enable it.

    • Dustin Earley

      You can go to your inbox, on the desktop, click the settings cog in the upper right, go to the inbox settings page, and select inbox type. It isn’t showing up in any of my accounts yet, but it should be soon.

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  • Mikes_phone_and_tab

    Someone post an apk when you get the app.

  • lou2cool88

    I don’t think the update’s been released yet. A couple other blogs that reported on the update said it’ll be rolling out “in the next few weeks.”

    I’m excited for this update. I’ve been using the smart labels for a while through Gmail labs but the visual refresh will make it even easier to use!

    • Drew Romanyk

      “The new inbox is rolling out gradually.” That is also a quote from the announcement

    • Andrew Fox

      The new inbox is working on my desktop but not available yet for my phone

  • smeghead68

    I hope they add a simple sort function with this roll-out.

    • aufan1

      It’s the “conversations” that I can’t follow. I never know if I’m replying to a reply or a new message.

  • Nate B.

    So I guess rumors are based off the clocks now? Android 2.3 the clock was 2:30. Android 4.0 the clock said 4:00. Android 4.1 the clock said 4:10. Android 4.2 the clock said 4:20.

    Android 4.3….the clock now says 4:30. Coming soon?

    • vforvortex

      The time to use will start getting tricky once we reach Android 25.0 Yogurt/Yellow Box Cake. :)

      • Nate B.

        Ha-ha indeed.

  • clocinnorcal

    This might be useful, I will have to try it out. One of the things I have always struggled with regarding Gmail is when I want to batch emails into a specific folder like “work” for example, when I search in my inbox and highlight all the “work” emails I receive it seems like the option to put them in the folder I want isn’t available; however, when I am just surfing through my inbox and check them one at a time it is doable.

  • xaml

    Priority inbox, filters and labels work well, there’s no reason for automation beyond that, neither for those five ‘categories’.

    • inviolable

      There’s a big difference between using labels and automation. This is very useful for someone who gets several emails a day from each tab. If its not useful to you, use the current setup.

  • redraider133

    I am liking what google has been doing with their apps and services and the updates for them.

  • donger

    Yes, Gmail is getting better.

  • Gussu

    The Android app hasn’t been updated since April?

  • Uncle Rico

    Nice! I like it.. now for the Mobile version of this concept…..

  • jimdriver2

    I’ve been wanting to do this for years – the only problem has been Google’s often software has stopped me from doing it!

    I’ve got a load of labels and set up a bunch of filters. The problem has been that if you set filtered email to skip the Inbox then you don’t get a notification on Android! If they just sorted that out then Gmail would be perfect anyway.

  • Futureboy

    All I really want out of Gmail, specifically the mobile app, is the ability to label messages like in the regular browser version – just type to get narrowed down suggestions – rather than the “scroll the entire list” setup that they have now. Is that too much to ask? Hell, even a quick scroll bar/tab like in contacts would make me happy! Surely that could be done very easily.

  • Liz

    It has been rolled out now. How do I roll it back. Missed some really important emails because of it. I need to be the one that decides what is important to me not google!!