Google recently updated Gmail, with new features like emoji reactions. The tech giant also tweaked the search bar of its free email service. Now, the company is reportedly testing a chat-style reply UI on Gmail’s Android app.
For replying to emails, users get options like Reply, Reply All, Forward as well as the new emoji reactions at the bottom of the mail. Users also get the reply options at the top of the mail. However, things are expected to change soon.
Gmail’s new chat-style UI for replying: How it looks
According to a report by Android Police, Google is testing a Reply field on the Gmail app on Android that will stick to the bottom of the screen. The screenshot shared by the report shows the text box which looks very similar to that of Google Chat. The pill-shaped container will have buttons on both sides for attaching media and emoji.
The box will also have a button on the left that will allow users to select a reply type as well as edit the account to which the email will be sent. Meanwhile, the reply box will also enable users to expand to the existing fullscreen UI with a button which will be placed on the right side.
Tapping on the box will open a keyboard and will slide up the reply field with a send button appearing at the right. This will help users to write their replies and still see the email body to preserve context which can come in handy. However, the report didn’t reveal how Quick Replies will work in this UI.
It is important to note that the new change is not widely available and is being tested with a limited number of users. Google is also working on a voice-compose UI for Gmail that is expected to be aligned with Duet AI.
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