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Google is giving Inbox app the axe next year

By Cal Jeffrey · 9 replies
Sep 12, 2018
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  1. Almost four years ago, Google introduced a new email client called Inbox. The cross-platform app was designed to clean up the mess of your Gmail inbox by categorizing mail by type such as social media notifications, promotional emails, spam, and your regular correspondence.

    Well, in case you haven’t noticed, many of the features that Inbox touted are now native in Gmail. Things that started out in the app like Smart Reply and viewing attachments right within the main screen have been added to Gmail, many coming in the last big redesign.

    In a way, Inbox served as a testbed for future Gmail features. As such, Google has decided that Inbox has served its purpose and will be retiring the app.

    "We know change is hard, so we’ve created a transition guide to help you switch from Inbox to the new Gmail with ease. All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail. See you there."

    According to a Google blog posted today, if you use Inbox, it will still be functional at least until the end of March 2019. At that time, the company will discontinue the app. It remains unclear if this means it will stop working or that Google simply will stop providing updates — probably the latter.

    When Inbox was first released, it was amidst a few other mobile email clients like Mailbox. At that time Google may have been concerned that the alternatives may have taken business from Gmail and responded with its own client. Since then Mailbox closed shop after it was acquired by Dropbox.

    Now that the threat has lessened and Gmail seems secure, Google feels the app is no longer necessary. However, it will be giving up a nifty sandbox for testing new Gmail features. If you are an Inbox user, maybe you can lessen your mourning by easing yourself back into Gmail using Google's handy transitioning guide.

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  2. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 381   +406

    The death of an unloved app is at hand. Does anyone care?
  3. Qrox

    Qrox TS Booster Posts: 70   +30

    I liked it... Been using it for years and wondered what happened to Google's plan to retire gmail app and replace it with Inbox.

    Actually quite surprised that it is being shut down.
  4. Tuxie

    Tuxie TS Rookie Posts: 19   +6

    Unloved? I love it and use it all the time and so do many of my friends.
  5. NimbusTLD

    NimbusTLD TS Booster Posts: 99   +80

    Another Inbox (app) lover here. Just checked the Gmail app and it still looks stuck in 2009 :(
  6. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 729   +472

    This sucks a bit. Inbox is fantastic on mobile.
    Pontus and jizzyburnizzy like this.
  7. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,202   +665

    Time to switch to a third party email client for gmail again.
  8. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +164

    Bout time...
    nothing lives up to apple’s mail app on iOS. It is the absolute best!
  9. Pontus

    Pontus TS Rookie

    And how does this help me on a PC???
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  10. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Evangelist Posts: 345   +164

    MS Outlook is the best on PC. :)

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