Google has been rolling out the new Google Reader and Gmail interface over the past few days. Few weeks ago, it overhauled the Google Docs interface and the changes made to Google Reader and Gmail is on those lines.
In this post, we will talk a bit about those changes and how it might impact your day-to-day usage of these tools. The changes are still being rolled out so you may or may not have it at the moment but you are likely to get the new interface soon enough.
The New Gmail Interface
You might remember one of our posts few months ago where we talked about calendar and Gmail’s new look. That was mainly the preview theme of Gmail and the new Gmail look is based on that theme.
The purpose of the new interface and the features is to reduce clutter and make certain Gmail’s features more accessible. It also introduces some nice customization options which lets you view your inbox in various ways.
Take a look at the following screenshot which shows an email conversation in the new Gmail. It definitely looks cleaner and better, don’t you think?
I’ll take up the new features in detail in a future post but from what it looks like, it isn’t bad. Of course it’s gonna take time to get used to it.. it is definitely a significant shift from Gmail’s previous interface you see.
The New Google Reader Interface
The new Google Reader interface hasn’t been received well by the audience and people have been very vocal in their criticism of the new interface. The primary reason behind this was the removal of friends and sharing features of Google Reader and integration of Google+ into that.
Integrating Google+ into Reader makes sense for Google, but sharing with friends in their Reader list was something that a lot of people did and they were quite annoyed when they found that it is no longer supported by the tool.
Apart from that, the interface is pretty much like the changes made to Gmail and Google Docs. More white, bigger buttons et al. I haven’t found the new Google Reader charming so far, primarily because it eats up a lot of screen real estate at the top where it has the orange subscribe button.
What about you? What are your opinions on the new Gmail and Google Reader? What do you like and dislike? Share in the comments.