Online news providers believe search company Google is planning to give its Gmail service a drastic redesign that will make it aesthetically similar to other services, such as Google Plus.
This update is set to be the biggest change since its creation in 2004, with modifications including a complete simplified interface redesign in the style of social network Google Plus and Google Now, a digital assistant programme.
The company has identified search as the main focus for the transformation – something the company naturally knows a lot about, with its core offering being utilised by search engine optimisation enterprises worldwide. The firm plans to install updates allowing users to locate and highlight emails that appear in a long list, which could mean that separate folders may no longer be needed.
The redesign would see buttons such as those for composing new messages and setting reminders, amongst other functions, relocated to the bottom right side of the page. It has also been rumoured that, as part of the adjustments, the tabbed interface – in which users flick between messages and contacts – will be altered.
Historically, Gmail has only ever made minimal changes to this service, with some even remaining optional to the 425 million daily users, so these changes could come as a surprise.
It is suggested that the California-based company cannot guarantee that the update will duplicate the version currently being tested – or that it will even introduce this update at all. The company has declined to comment on the speculation thus far.