Google has now started removing the descriptive labels from the Bottom bar of the Gmail app. If you remember last year, the tech giant made the Gmail to receive a Material You redesign. And the result of that action was that the bottom bar became shrank. And most probably due to this reason the tech giant has already started taking steps further.
Since from the launch, huge majority of android users had various labels underneath the bottom bar icons such as “Mail”,” Chat”,” Spaces”, as well as “Meet”. Few of the users had the kind of app which is without any text. And the thing is that this design is now rolling out widely.
When we saw, this has already been the case with the Gmail for iPad having the pre-material You design language. Furthermore, the Material 3 guidelines for the navigation bar consider the text label to be optional.
However, according to the Google warns that” icon meaning should always be unambiguous and accessible for all users”. This was the case for the Gmail at this place having most people are just using the first tab.
This change has already started appearing for more people in the previous week. Also, this update is not yet widely rolled out and it is nothing but the server-side change. And it is visible alongside the latest app version. (2022.08.07.x)