Whenever there is a concept image, it immediately strikes the mind of some highly anticipated hardware such as a forthcoming device. It is quite rare for the tech media world to witness the concept renders of software and applications. For those interested in such rare concepts, here is one.
Well, an Android developer with Touch Labs and designer Paul Burke has designed the concept renders of next Gmail app for upcoming Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Burke wanted to reimagine how Gmail 5 for Android could look since the introduction of Google Now. Also inspired by the design on iOS, he got to work creating several stunning renders.
The redesign is very similar to the Google+ app, and features an elegant interface. There are now three sections: Important and Unread, Starred, and Everything Else. At first glance, you can star an email, and if there is an attachment or calendar invite, you can open them directly by selecting the appropriate icon.
Attachments open in the Drive app while calendar invites open in the Calendar app. Photos of contacts are much more prominent, and if they don't have a photo, the first letter of their name will display instead. Burke also implemented a navigation drawer that Google+ app users are familiar with.
Further, users can easily switch accounts from the navigation drawer and all the sections seen in the sidebar of the Gmail web client are right there, including labels. Directly below labels, you can find least-accessed sections such as Spam or Trash.
Within emails, icons to "Archive", "Delete", "Label", etc., have moved to the very top. Headlines are now larger, and attachments or calendar invites appear at the top of a thread for quicker access. Also, simple gestures allow users to quickly archive or delete a message and a two-finger swipe down will archive while a two-finger swipe up will delete.
Take a look at the slideshow below boasting the concept shots of Gmail 5 application.