His colleague Charles Murito, Google country head for Kenya, added that "Someone in Turkana [in northern Kenya] shouldn't have any worse an experience than someone in NY just because they don't have as good a device or connection".
The last time Google overhauled Gmail's web look was in 2011.
The Verge, however, has obtained a series screenshots that show three new layouts.
Then they opted for a spaced-out, cleaner design and like most redesigns, it drew mixed reactions with many users missing Gmail's original look.
Google claims that app uses 40% less data when searching than the standard Google app, and weighs in at less than 5MB in total storage.
Google Calendar integration is being added.
In addition to the default view, which highlights attachments like documents and photos (like in the Inbox app), there's a "comfortable view" that doesn't highlight attachments, and a "compact view" that maximizes the number of emails you can see on a single page. The first of these new features is "Confidential Mode", a tool that will allow users to prevent email recipients from forwarding, copying or downloading specific emails.
Aside from appearance, Google is implementing smart replies for Gmail on the web.
Earlier this week we delivered word of Google's forthcoming revamp of its Gmail web client, likely to officially debut at the I/O conference next month.
Sources say that popular Chrome extensions should continue to work in the new Gmail.
Google demonstrates its new AI model using a series of videos including one of two stand-up comedians talking loudly at the same time (which you can watch below), and its effectiveness is startling.
"We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase)".
We didn't overlook the part where emails self-destruct in the Gmail redesign, don't worry. Google has meanwhile kept mum about the new features, requesting for a bit more time to compose themselves before they share anything.
The design looked more like the mobile app meaning Gmail itself could be updated in a similar way.