Soon, your Gmail account will be a reflection of you. Thanks, to Google, you can personalize your Gmail inbox with your own favourite photos, the company announced today in its blog post.
Google is rolling out a new custom themes section in Gmail "over the next couple of days" that will let users set their own background images. Google had offered a similar option for Gmail before it launched its redesign of the service last year.
Using the basic Light and Dark Theme pre-sets, their big novelty is the ability to choose your own background image that slots behind your inbox view. This purpose allows you to see the rest of the interface when you combine your background photo. Given the fact that Gmail uses a lot of transparent interfaces, you will have to set trials to create the desired combination between the toolbars and your own background account.
You can pick directly from your Google+ gallery, upload a picture especially to be used in Gmail, or just point the mail client to an image URL. Google will also offer a searchable Featured Photos section where you can check out some shots that might give your inbox the look you want.
Google will also select a number of images to feature in its redesigned Gmail themes tab. The search giant had introduced a number of HD themes for Gmail when it unveiled its new look in November. The new themes added a number of high-resolution images from iStockphoto, but did not offer the opportunity for users to add their own photos, an option that was available on the service prior to its recent redesign.
The new custom theme section for Gmail will roll out over the next few days. This cosmetic feature will definitely get thumbs up from all those millions of Gmail users. After all, your inbox can have anyone from your favourite football players to your family’s photo in the background. Or perhaps your dream car or favourite destination spot as your background while you check your growing inbox. In any case, we suspect there will be a lot of use for this small but interesting update.
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