GOOGLE WILL OVERHAUL its Gmail service making it look much more like Google+, according to reports.
Some leaked images at Geek.com reveal that Google will revamp its email system with a layout that replaces the sidebar with a slide-out panel and adds a repositioned "compose" button, moved to the bottom-right corner, and a "snooze" feature, which will send emails to the top of a user's inbox later, allowing them to return to the marked emails when they're ready to read them.
Overall in appearance, the leaked screenshots of the updated Gmail service look a lot like Google+ or the Gmail Android app.
Another feature that makes us think this is legit is the new Reminders tool that alerts users about dates in the future, letting them respond to specific emails. The ability to "star" emails will also be replaced with pins when the update is rolled out, allowing users to highlight important mails.
Despite the minor visual updates the service has received over the last few years, this update will be the first major and much needed redesign in a long time. It seems that it will be a significant upgrade on the present Gmail inbox design, which could be described as rather cluttered and thus less intuitive to use than competing webmail systems.
However, the leaked images might just be screenshots of an internal test interface that will never see the light of day.
Google hasn't yet responded to our request for comment. µ