updated 03:20 pm EDT, Tue November 1, 2011
Gmail refresh detailed, parks get Street View
Google made two big revisions to its web pages on Tuesday. Its largest was an overhaul of Gmail's web interface and the other is bringing Street View functionality to public parks. The changes in Gmail bring the new layout common to all Google sites. The interface size and density of the elements will also automatically resize depending on what it's being viewed from, whether it's a PC, tablet or smartphone, with a manual override for those that want it.
Inside, it now has streamlined conversations that making following threads easier as well as greater visibility for contact pictures. More extraneous information is going away to keep it uncluttered.
The navigation panel on the left keeps label and chat contacts in full view, but users can now resize or hide them as needed. The search interface is more advanced and includes a quick filter to enhance ease and speed. New high-res themes from iStockphoto have also been added, though existing themes have been carried over.
The Gmail updates will roll out to users over the next few days, and they will have the option of turning it on with a switch on the bottom right corner of the Gmail interface.
Street View, in turn, has been brought to parks from around the world. Google used a trike to capture images of roughly two hundred green spaces, such as New York City's Central Park or Tokyo's Koganei Park. They behave much like regular roads and cover the pedestrian paths, not just streets.
Street View in High Line Park