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Google revamps Gmail on web, brings Street View to parks

updated 03:20 pm EDT, Tue November 1, 2011

Gmail refresh detailed, parks get Street View

Google made two big revisions to its web pages on Tuesday. Its largest was an overhaul of Gmail's web interface and the other is bringing Street View functionality to public parks. The changes in Gmail bring the new layout common to all Google sites. The interface size and density of the elements will also automatically resize depending on what it's being viewed from, whether it's a PC, tablet or smartphone, with a manual override for those that want it.

Inside, it now has streamlined conversations that making following threads easier as well as greater visibility for contact pictures. More extraneous information is going away to keep it uncluttered.

The navigation panel on the left keeps label and chat contacts in full view, but users can now resize or hide them as needed. The search interface is more advanced and includes a quick filter to enhance ease and speed. New high-res themes from iStockphoto have also been added, though existing themes have been carried over.

The Gmail updates will roll out to users over the next few days, and they will have the option of turning it on with a switch on the bottom right corner of the Gmail interface.

Street View, in turn, has been brought to parks from around the world. Google used a trike to capture images of roughly two hundred green spaces, such as New York City's Central Park or Tokyo's Koganei Park. They behave much like regular roads and cover the pedestrian paths, not just streets.

Gmail revamp

Street View in High Line Park

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Jeff

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    Joined: Nov 2011


    New Gmail Interface

    I switched over to the new look. While more attractive, I found that the interface was slower and 'laggy'. Performance and responsiveness have taken a noticeable hit.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pretty slick

    Looks like they're trying to standardize all of their app themes to Google+. Didn't haven't any performance issues at all (in Firefox 7).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How can you have 'street view' for a park, if there's no street.

    And why would you need or want it? "Oh look, at one time there used to be a picnic table there! I'm sure it's still there! Let's go!"

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