Google Adding New Themes And Emojis To Gmail

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gmail themes emoji update

They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words. I’ve found that to be true with the rise of internet “memes”; sometimes not only is it easier to convey what you’re feeling through a picture with text overlay, but it can also be a lot more humorous. Since emotion and body language don’t carry over in written text, it’s important to convey whether you’re joking, serious, sarcastic, angry, or all of the above. However, some people can overdo it with the emojis, and I fear Gmail will soon be overrun with smileys, hamburgers, fireworks, and the like.

Gaurav Vijay, a Software Engineer with Gmail, took to Google’s official Gmail blog yesterday to announce that they are adding new themes to the Gmail inbox, as well as formatting support for emojis.

Some of the improvements include:

  • A wider selection of themes – Themes can help you dress up your inbox, as well as distinguish between your home and work accounts, so they’ve been an important part of Gmail since they first appeared in 2008. Starting today there are hundreds more high-res options available (photographed by some fellow Googlers!). And of course, you can always upload your own.
  • Once you’ve found the right photo, you can now use editing tools like blur, vignette, and text background to make your image and messages look great together.
  • Emoji support for those moments when you just can’t seem to find the proper words to convey the angst you’re feeling at the moment.

Personally I’m looking forward to the new themes, as the current ones are getting old. I’m in my inbox a lot and I like to keep things looking fresh.

All of these web updates are rolling out over the next few days, so check back soon if you don’t see them yet. Mine just showed up last night (image above).

  Source: Gmail Blog
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