Not content with just being the smartest in the room, Google also wants to be the best-looking. And for Gmail, that means stripped-down is better.

The new appearance themes, “Preview” and “Preview Dense,” can be activated in Gmail’s Settings tab and their simplicity looks to be a starting point for full-on customization, such as integrating personal illustrations and color options specifically for nighttime viewing. 

The design ethos is very much in line with the recently launched Google+ and will probably affect Google products across the board, with Calendar also seeing a similar makeover.

[via Gizmodo]