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Gmail Gets Themes

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Gmail Gets Themes

Well, it is only a beta...

Yep, more than four and a half years since it first launched Gmail has added what many would deem a welcome but rather basic feature: themes, finally adding a degree of flexibility into the service's famously stripped down look.

"Gmail fans have been building unofficial extensions to spice up their inboxes for a while, but up til now themes haven't been an integral part of Gmail," admitted the company on its official Gmail blog. "We wanted to go beyond simple color customization, so out of the 30 odd themes we're launching today, there's a shiny theme with chrome styling, another one that turns your inbox into a retro notepad, nature themes that change scenery over time, weather driven themes that can rain on your mailbox, and fun characters to keep you in good company."

Amusingly the blog also said an ascii theme is available as the result of a bet between two of its programmers (see story thumbnail) - anyone geeky enough to pick that? At the same time the Gmail default look has been slightly tweaked but you'll need good eyes to spot the difference.

As always, Google is to upgrade customers incrementally (got mine already!) and you'll get a notification at the top of your screen when the feature is available to you. In addition it can be found as its own tab under the 'Settings' link. Custom themes? Sadly not, but then again knowing some of you lot I shudder to think what images would adorn your inboxes...

Link:

Gmail Themes Official Announcement

Keldon

November 20, 2008, 7:10 am

Noticed this today, about bleedin time :)





Tried the terminal theme for a while but its a bit much on the eyes so on a nice B&W theme now :)

Gordon394

November 20, 2008, 7:33 am

Ok ladies... (who am I kidding?) gents and gents, what themes did you guys go for?

ilovethemonkeyhead

November 20, 2008, 12:16 pm

ah yes. i am now one step closer to realise my dream... of having a ninja themed inbox :D

Hallainzil

November 20, 2008, 12:17 pm

As much as I love the terminal theme, I'm on the graffiti theme for now.

Greg17b

November 20, 2008, 1:44 pm

@ilovethemonkeyhead - beware - I styled my inbox in a ninja theme, and it hasn't been seen since.

Hugo

November 20, 2008, 2:50 pm

Am I the only person in the world who doesn't have this applied already?

Steve

November 20, 2008, 3:37 pm

I'm just using the default one...

Jmac

November 20, 2008, 3:53 pm

Hmmm... themes haven't been enabled on my account yet, so I can't comment, but I must say I am a cynic - I like the classic Gmail vibe. Though the dynamic "nature" and "weather" themes do sound quite cool.

simbloke

November 20, 2008, 4:04 pm

Tea House because it lightens my mood!

Robovski

November 20, 2008, 5:58 pm

I set up for Planets, which apparently changes depending on your location.

Gnormie

November 20, 2008, 8:48 pm

I'm currently using the 'pebble' theme, I kinda like it though trying to decide between that and the shiny theme :)

gettinhigh

November 21, 2008, 1:15 pm

I'm on Planets :D

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