Google tests new designs in Gmail for Drive attachments and in Drive for document scanning

Google tests new designs in Gmail for Drive attachments and in Drive for document scanning

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Google has been hard at work redesigning most aspects of the overall user experience on its app suite. Their Material Theme redesigns aren’t just meant to be visual makeovers of the apps you currently use and love, but rather, they also aim at improving the user experience by making them easier to use, less complicated, and more feature-rich overall. Pretty much all Google apps, aside from a few unpolished sections here and there, have received these makeovers. Now, though, Google will begin rolling out new designs for certain new features within the Gmail and Google Drive apps soon, both of them Drive-related: Drive attachments in Gmail and document scanning in Drive, respectively.

An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by the developers in a future build.

In the case of Drive attachments for Gmail, it is little more than a visual refresh for this section of the app: Google’s Material Theme aesthetic takes the place of buttons and text whenever applicable, while Drive folders are displayed in a big 2×2 grid instead of just a list of folders. It makes it look more modern (or rather, more accordingly with the rest of the app’s aesthetic), but it’s nothing too revolutionary or life-changing.

The older Drive attachments section of the Gmail app (left) compared to the newer one (right).

Document scanning on the Google Drive app, though, does get both a visual and a functional makeover. Buttons are moved down to the bottom of the UI, ensuring easier access to them, although none of them were working when we tried them out. Nonetheless, unlike the Gmail one, this seems to be more of a UX-focused redesign instead of just the aesthetics.

The older document scanning UI, left, compared to the newer one, right.

None of these redesigns have currently rolled out as of now, and in the case of the document scanning one, it is still very unfinished as none of the buttons work. However, they will probably be rolling out through the Google Play Store very soon, so keep an eye out for that.


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