Google is working on a design for the web version of its popular email service Gmail.
According to TechCrunch, the Search giant’s Gmail could soon allow users to send expiring mails. The emails are apparently similar to what ProtonMail offers which means Gmail’s expiring email will essentially become unreadable after some time.
The expiring emails will have a “confidential mode” lock icon barring recipients to forward their content, copy and paste, download or print them. However, an exact launch date for the feature and the availability of the service for non-Gmail was not indicated.
“Working on an email service is hard as you have to be compatible with all sorts of email providers and email clients. But it doesn’t seem to be stopping Google as the company is now evolving beyond the simple POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols,” the report reads.
The report further reveals that Gmail will let users configure expiration date for expiring mails. What this means is that, Gmail users will be able to validate it for a month, year or multiple years. In addition, users will have an option to ask for recipient’s identity with a passcode sent via text message.
So essentially, Gmail’s expiring emails will most likely be deleted from the recipient’s inbox once expires. Google didn’t clarify whether the ‘confidential’ expiring mails will be end-to-end encrypted. As for recipients, they are expected to receive a link for expiring email which can be viewed by logging into their Gmail account again.
The tech giant is also planning to add several new features such as Smart Reply, the option to press snooze button on emails, etc to the revamped version of Gmail. As we told you last time, the company itself has confirmed that Gmail for web will be undergoing a major design, which includes a “fresh, clean look for Gmail on the web.”