Google Inbox is being discontinued

Google Inbox

Google said it wants to focus exclusively on Gmail, which has recently adopted a number of Inbox's features like smart replies and snoozing emails.

Google has announced that Inbox is to close in six months' time.

Today (very predictably, we would argue) Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt announced via a blog post that Google is sunsetting the more experimental Inbox app and bringing over things the company has learned to the main Gmail app.

Google launched Inbox by Gmail about four years ago, presenting it as an email app to complement Gmail, changing the way users experience their digital mail.

In 2015, Google introduced a new feature in Inbox that predicted replies by analyzing emails.

Many of these features slowly became redundant though, as both Gmail and Android itself started adopting Inbox's core features. This merging of features led to uncertainty about the future of Inbox, and ultimately, to its demise.

When I reviewed Inbox back in 2014 I quickly realized that the service was not something that I wanted to use. However, the latest major update that dropped back in April, which brought just about every feature of the Inbox to Gmail, made everyone think whether or not Google plans to discontinue the former. Fortunately, because Inbox requires a Gmail account to use, all the messages in their Inbox account are also still on Gmail.

The page suggests alternatives for the Inbox features pin, bundles and reminders.

Nearly four years ago, Google introduced a new email client called Inbox.



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