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Google gives Gmail a new look

Hot on the heels of a host of new products and services, Google has announced that its Gmail service will also get a new lick of paint.

Googlish design guru Jason Cornwell says the company is embarking on a series of interface updates to 'strip out the unnecessary clutter' as part of a company-wide consolidation.

"The changes are not going to happen all at once," he says on the Gmail blog. "We know that you love and care about Gmail as much as we do, and we’ll be working on these upgrades gradually over the next few months to allow plenty of time to understand and incorporate your feedback into the evolving design."

The refresh will start with two new themes with differing levels of information density and a cleaner, more modern look. Google Calendar is also getting a new look which will be rolled out in the next few days.

The new design themes in conversation (obove) annd standard (below) modes.