Google Adds Colorful Flair To Gmail With High Resolution Themes, Enhanced Emoji Support

Google's free Gmail service is a constant work in progress that's been steadily improving since it was launched 11 years ago (or 6 years ago, if you don't want to include the 5-year beta period). Not every tweak Google makes is a functional one, and if you spend a lot of time in Gmail, you'll be glad to know that Google's made some visual improvements to its webmail service.

First on the list is more themes. Lots more. Gmail themes have been available since 2008, giving users a fun way to dress their accounts, and now there are hundreds more high resolution options, courtesy of photographs taken by fellow Googlers. If you still can't find something you like, Google reminds users that they can still upload their own images to use as themes.

Google Gmail Theme

It doesn't stop there, as you can also edit photos before making them your new theme.

"Once you’ve found the right photo, you can now use editing tools like blur, vignette, and text background to make your image and messages look great together," Google said.

Google also added a better selection of emoji to Gmail. Just in time for the 4th of July, you'll find new emoji that included burgers, swimsuits, and fireworks. It's a much wider selection to cover just about every occasion.

"Your inbox is home to some of your most meaningful and entertaining messages—from that acceptance letter, to those throwback photos—so we think it’s important for Gmail to feel just as personal (and fun!)," Google said.

Some of you will see the new themes and emoji options right way, while others will have to wait a few days as Google pushes out its latest web update.