Your Gmail May Have a Handy Self-Destructing E-Mail Feature Soon

Gmail’s current design as viewed on the web

Gmail’s current design as viewed on the web

Newly leaked screenshots obtained by The Verge reveal Google's upcoming redesign of Gmail for the web.

While the timing of the redesign is a bit of a surprise, the news itself isn't.

One thing shown that we weren't previously expecting is a new sidebar found on the far right. Both of those features are part of Google's Inbox app for Gmail.

The redesign also comes with three new layouts that let you decide whether to highlight attachments like documents and photos, or a more compact view, to show more messages on a single page.

Your Gmail might start looking different, with a new design about to be unveiled by Google.

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TechCrunch, who received the information from a tipster with early access, points out this could be a ploy to get more Gmail users' phone numbers. The company says the update will feature a "fresh, clean look" and give users access to several new features, like Smart Reply, the ability to snooze emails, and offline support.

In a statement, Google did not confirm specific changes but did acknowledge that it's working on an update to its email service.

Gmail Go is available now and joins other Google Go apps like YouTube, Files and Chrome Go.

While these "confidential" emails are hard to forward or copy for the sender, it's important to note that there's no word of end-to-end encryption - suggesting that Google can still read the contents of your emails and comply with law enforcement if they're required to give information from your account - so don't send anything you wouldn't be fine with the authorities seeing. But the two services remain separate from one another and Inbox may be a testing ground for new Gmail features. There also appears to be a self-destruct button of sorts, via a customizable expiration date that allows the user to send the email into the ether after a time period of the user's choosing-whether that's a week, month, or even a few years. The revision states, "Our automated systems analyse your content (including emails) to provide you personally relevant product features, such as customised search results, tailored advertising, and spam and malware detection".

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