Am I the only one who thinks this looks childish as hell? And there's no layering with font weights so the email subject, sender, and content look the same in the inbox. And the crazy colors EVERYWHERE. Not to mention, you can't swipe from the left to enable the sidebar anymore. I've tried doing that a couple times out of habit and then accidentally deleted an email.
The UI of the old app was so great because it just got out of the way (much like iOS and MacOS), but material design UI is just so distracting.
I'm a fan of MD, but I'm with you on the typography. The fonts are still too thin and light in color for these older eyes. That was something in the old app that I hoped would be addressed. I'm also running Outlook for iOS side by side and it does much better in that department.
There is hierarchy with the typography. It's subtle, but the sender is larger with slightly darker text, the subject is smaller with darker text, and the content is smaller with lighter text. With unread messages, the sender and subject are bold.
It's similar to the desktop gmail design in that there is a consistent order that sender, subject, and content are displayed, so it doesn't seem that necessary to have dramatically different type styles between the 3.
As for colors, the screenshots don't really do the app justice as they show examples of tags, labels, starred messages, unread, read, selected, etc. all happening at the same time. Generally the app is much more subdued and less "childish".
I noticed the font size difference but it's VERY subtle, and the type is still way too thin. I used the app, and didn't base my comments off screenshots. Unfortunately, I'm now looking for a new email app for iOS :(
Hmm, I wonder if it's a different font and weight on iOS and Android then. I'm an Android user and while the type is thin, it's still very legible.
It's super thin on iOS. It's also light in color for extra illegibility. The light weight might not be so bad if there were some more contrast, but I'd like to see it heavier.
I just wish Google apps on iOS would inherit the system font instead of forcing Roboto on us. I think the app would look pretty great with San Francisco.
I just bought Airmail. I like it so far
Took me a minute to figure out what the icons for mark as (un)read were
parity with android, nice.
is there any worse sentence possible
This is a huge improvement over the last iOS gmail app, but I'll still be using inbox instead (which I love the functionality, but the design is somewhat distracting).
Also, I agree with some of the other comments. Material design had good intentions, however by trying to create the be-all-end-all solution to everybody's problems, it ended up creating more problems.
Google was going in a great direction with a lot of their apps prior to MD, and once everything started changing over I found it harder to use immediately. Wildly distracting colors, that annoying/ambiguous omnipresent circle right under my thumb at all times, the unnessecary shadows everywhere placing content on 3 confusing levels.
I switched to iOS last year and could not be happier. I find that the iOS versions of apps do a better job of implementing system-UI elements where helpful, and skipping them when it doesn't make sense for their users.
Still no unified inbox, and it's almost 2017.
That's a feature of Inbox though. Personally, I'm glad the GMail app doesn't have it.
Holy crap. I've been holding out for this, but honestly thought they'd given up on the GMail app in favor of Inbox.