Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Gmail redesign could feature self-destructing emails

Gmail redesign could feature self-destructing emails

It seems that not only the design will change as Gmail is set to bring in a very important surprising new feature which was added by Google, and it was discovered shortly before the official release.

"Working on an email service is hard as you have to be compatible with all sorts of email providers and email clients".

The new Gmail is also expected to feature offline storage, meaning users can save their emails to their computer or local storage device. Gmail will let users configure expiration date for expiring mails such as a week, month, multiple years, and more.

Google last overhauled Gmail's web look in 2011, opting for a more spaced-out, cleaner look as part of an effort to unify the way its products appear on desktop and mobile. The setting prevents the email (on the recipient side) from being forwarded, downloaded, copied or printed in any way. According to leaked screenshots, it will feature a Material Design with responsive visual with a Pinterest-style layout.

Further helping to secure email communications, senders have the option to require the recipient to verify their identity with a passcode before opening an email sent in Confidential Mode.

One of these, according to TechCrunch, is self-destructing emails.

According to the tipster who spilled the news to TechCrunch, there's already a help page for the feature but it's now not populated with any information - suggesting that the self-destructing emails of the new Gmail design is under development but not ready for release at this point in time. Considering Keep can already pull double duty as a barebones to-do list, I'm hoping Google has some new features in tow. However, when it expires the email will disappear from the inbox. If a user is busy and unable to respond to a particular email, he or she can hit the snooze button.

It's worth pointing out that Confidential Mode's protections will likely be relatively easy to circumvent.

Major' Gmail update might convince you to use email again. TechCrunch's report notes that a confidential message doesn't have to be encrypted, which means that it's likely that Google can still see the content of the email.

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