With the help of former Apple designer Andy Hertzfeld, Google is getting a much-needed makeover. Starting 6/28, the day Google+ launched, all of Google’s services began to change. It looks like everything will eventually have a consistent style, akin to Google+. Most-noticeable so far is the dark grey bar that now spans the top of some Google sites. This is a simple way to provide visual consistency across a variety of services. While Gmail has not changed yet, its new look can be previewed by changing the theme in settings. After changing it, I thought the ads in Gmail became much more conspicuous by contrast. This could be a problem moving forward, as Google relies heavily on those ads. While the new interfaces are far from perfect, they are a giant step in the right direction.
This is something that should have happened years ago. Better late than never.