I was lucky that I had a screenshot, so I could use
So if you had custom colors in S1 style, you journal might now have an ascetic look similar to this:
There were some mild Gmail delays yesterday, and it turned out that Gmail violated the fundamental paradigm that mail is handled as a stack in the order of arrival. Instead the mail was inserted in the order it was time-stamped by the sender, so sometimes new unread messages were inserted deeper than already read messages.
Even more stunning is the deterioration of the Google News interface (on the .com domain only, so far). There was a firestorm of negative comments on their forum, everyone seems to hate the new interface scheme, and no one likes it:
Still Google disregards this completely, and does not provide the ability to use the older style. Partial workaround for those who hate the new interface (short of switching to non-Google news) is to use non-US-oriented Google News, e.g. a Canadian version on the .ca domain. Non-US Google News are not affected by this disaster yet.
I am not sure why Google is so tone-deaf to users' complaints. Is it that some engineering groups have to release a substandard upgrade, instead of staying at the current "sweet spot", because they need to justify their work to the management, and the user satisfaction is less important than the ability to report that the new release has happened? Is it that they hope that complaints will die down and the "silent majority" of the users will eventually learn to like the "new Coke"? Is the Google leadership too busy and there is no "adult supervision" there anymore? Anyway, it is sad to observe this new trend coming from Google.