In July, Gmail users on Android started seeing a new tab at the bottom of the app that gives them quick access to Meet video meetings. That tab bar could soon look a bit more crowded for G Suite users, now that the company has started bringing out the workspace redesign it revealed back in July. The new design converts Gmail into a full-blown workplace collaboration suite with Chat, Rooms, Docs, and Meet integration.
Users will get access to Google Chat and the company’s Slack-like group chat solution Rooms, apart from Meet, from inside Gmail when they get the updated interface. They can simply navigate from one tab to another to go to the service they want to use. In addition, the workplace-oriented Gmail will allow them to open and co-edit documents without leaving the application.
Google also brought in new productivity tools and features for Gmail, such as the ability to assign group tasks, the option to be notified about task updates in Rooms, and the ability to pin important Rooms for those who have more than one. Users will also be able to leave messages such as “out of office” in Chat, see files shared in a Room, and toggle between email and Chat results on the web.
The roll-out, however, is only accessible for G Suite users on Android and the web. Google doesn’t have solid information for the new interface’s iOS release yet and has only asked people to follow the G Suite Updates blog.