Google has just released GMail with a more ‘modern’ look and simultaneously released their iPhone GMail app but had to take the latter down due to some serious bugs. I’m looking forward to it anyway once they’ve ironed out the kinks.
With the new GMail also comes the official user information campaign that google buzz that fizzled early on (DOA really) is being shut down.
well only my teenage nieces and 8 year old nephew will probably miss buzz as they’re the only ones who’ve sent me messages on that platform. I wonder if Google+ will follow suit a year or so from now. Probably not, as for myself havent been to G+ for weeks now. Somehow G+ is missing those magic ingredients called: excitement and relevant content (ie feed from friends ie users!). I wonder if the new GMail will somehow integrate with G+, I think that’s the only way to go.
The new GMail interface certainly looks very familiar, emails are now presented as conversations or wall comments that’s very similar to Facebook. However, unlike FB the underlying storage system still remains good old email. I think adopting this interface is a good move for Google and will allow them to slowly and easily introduce and mash in social apps and features a la FB.
As for Buzz, here’s the final message from Google:
Bye Buzz! it was boring while it lasted. Buzz just happens to be one of those meatballs that failed to stick on the wall.