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A Cool New Look for Gmail: Here’s How to Preview the New Google+ Theme

As you all know, just a few days ago Google introduced to the world its own take on the whole social networking craze, the Project Google+. The user interface of the social networking featured a new design scheme that's actually quite a departure from Google's current minimalistic design. But it seems that Google is going to make some brand-wide cosmetic adjustment adopting the design scheme of Google+. And now it seems that they are going to let users take a peek at the new design, starting with Gmail.

Google Gmail
Getting a sneak preview of the rebranding design of Google is as simple as setting a different theme for Gmail. As a Gmail theme, it is still in preview mode. So if you want to experience Gmail's new look, here's how:

  1. Log into your Gmail account and access your mail settings by clicking on the gear icon at the topmost right of your Gmail interface. Click on "Mail Settings."
  2. Now at the settings screen, look for the "Themes" tab and click on it.
  3. The themes that you are looking for are namely Preview and Preview (Dense). Click on your preferred theme to apply.
  4. Gmail Themes

The new theme looks to be a bit cleaner albeit more modern than the default setting. Although it does appear that it does take more screen space. For a more compact look, try the Preview (Dense) version of the new theme. If you don't like the look and feel of the new design, switching back to the default or your previous theme is as simple as clicking on it. But you'd better get used to this new Google+ interface because this will more likely become the default theme in the future.
Gmail GooglePlus Theme
According to Google's User Experience Designer, Jason Cornwell, this is just a part of their Google wide effort in order bring "an experience that’s more focused, elastic, and effortless across all of our products." Also according to him, the changes will be gradual and it will take place in a span of couple of months.

That’s one of the reasons we’re embarking on a series of interface updates to help strip out unnecessary clutter and make Gmail as beautiful as it is powerful. This is part of a Google-wide effort to bring you an experience that’s more focused, elastic, and effortless across all of our products. The changes are not going to happen all at once. We know that you love and care about Gmail as much as we do, and we’ll be working on these upgrades gradually over the next few months to allow plenty of time to understand and incorporate your feedback into the evolving design.

Cornwell also adds that this is not yet the final look of the Google+ theme and there are still a lot of things and issues to work with. There will be themes also that will incorporate the same design principle but is more suited for those who are working in a dark environment. He also added that the next in line for the rebranding will be Google Calendar.

If you poke around you’ll hopefully find a lot to like and a much cleaner, modern look but also few rough edges. In particular, some Labs features may look a little strange in the new themes. We plan to fix these issues as we roll out changes in the coming months. You can also expect some updated themes that embody the same design principles but are better suited to working in a dark environment, use a different color palette, or include the illustrations that we know many of you love to see around your inbox.

Gmail GooglePlus Theme 2
As mentioned before, Google+ is the search engine behemoth's own offering to the world of social networking. After the failure of Ping and Wave, it seems that Google is simply trying to keeping down the hype for the meantime as access to the service is only possible through by invitation only. As we have detailed in our Google+ overview feature, this social network is marketed as more user-friendly and will be built based on natural social interactions and relationships.

We will just have to wait and see how this social networking effort by Google turn out and if it will offer anything new to attract users to make the switch.

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