Gmail’s mobile apps recently received a crisp visual refresh, but the fundamental reachability issue was not addressed. The most important buttons in the app are still in no hand’s land. The Gmail team should consider the button layout Superhuman uses which places archive, reply, trash, etc. at the bottom to be more thumb-friendly.
Left: Gmail. Right: Superhuman
Gmail’s update is intriguing because Google Tasks already transitioned to an interface that focuses on reachability. I predict more redesigns that utilize half-sheets throughout the year.