– Nov. 3rd 2022 12:01 am PT
Back in September, Gmail for Android removed text labels from its core navigation element; this change now makes sense as Google is making the bottom bar more persistent.
Previously, Gmail’s bottom bar would disappear as you scrolled through your inbox and when you opened an email. Users had the option to uncheck “Hide bottom navigation on scroll” in Settings > General, but the default behavior hid the bar.
Now, opening an email keeps the bottom bar until you scroll down, and it’s immediately available again by going back up. If you toggle off “Hide bottom navigation on scroll,” it will always be visible in the inbox, emails, chats, and other tabs.
In light of this change, removing the text labels for each tab makes more sense as Google wants to remove visual clutter and just have icons as the persistent element.
As such, users can now have a persistent badged indicator of unread emails, chat (1:1 or group), and Spaces anywhere in the app. It fits into Google’s hope of making Gmail an app with three core capabilities.
On Android, this change is not widely rolled out and is only live on one of our devices with version 2022.10.02. However, this behavior looks to already be implemented on iOS.
L: Bottom bar in emails | R: Current behavior
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