Annoying Gmail change rolled back following user outcry

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Google has reversed a seemingly minor but much-opposed update to Gmail following widespread protests.

The email provider had revealed it would be changing how it displays notifications, dropping the red icon that appears in notifications on Android devices.

But now, just a week after the announcement, the company has stepped back and reversed the change with a new update.

Gmail notifications

Gmail had replaced the red icon with its Dynamic Color idea, as seen across the rest of the Google Workspace suite, meaning it instead matched whichever color theme the user had selected.

The update, part of Gmail version 2023.06.11.x, is available to download now.

Following its release, many Gmail on Android users raised fears that by blending in with all their other notifications, the move meant they missed potentially important messages, which were almost unconsciously hidden.

Via 9to5Google

Mike Moore
Deputy Editor, TechRadar Pro

Mike Moore is Deputy Editor at TechRadar Pro. He has worked as a B2B and B2C tech journalist for nearly a decade, including at one of the UK's leading national newspapers and fellow Future title ITProPortal, and when he's not keeping track of all the latest enterprise and workplace trends, can most likely be found watching, following or taking part in some kind of sport.