Recently, Dropbox updated its Mailbox email app with Material Design, bumping the version number to 2.0.1. Google first introduced Material Design at Google I/O 2014, but it has definitely been a trend that some apps—even those made by companies as large as Dropbox—are still only just now pushing their visual overhauls. The update includes a new FAB (floating action button), rearranges the navigation drawer and action bar to better fit their purposes, and more.
Specifically, the search function, an action which was previously hidden in the navigation drawer, is now properly placed on the right of the action bar. The Snoozed/Inbox/Archived navigation tabs have moved from the action bar to the navigation drawer, and the compose button has moved from the action bar to a floating action button. The app definitely does a better job following the Google Design Guidelines.
Although most Material Design updates introduce beneficial UI/UX changes, they sometimes remove important functionalities. According to reviews, the Material update comes with some downsides. Users are reporting that it’s no longer possible to zoom in on text and that the app’s performance is slower.
– We’ve redesigned the app to Material design specifications– Signatures can now be displayed while you compose your email– You can edit HTML emails before replying or forwarding to someone– Google Calendar invite emails are rendered in mobile-friendly format
You can grab Mailbox 2.0.1 from the Play Store for free.