Google is shutting down the Inbox app

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Credit: https://www.blog.google/products/gmail/inbox-signing-find-your-favorite-features-new-gmail/

In a matter of months—six months precisely according to Google, its Inbox email app will be shut down. What that means is that users have until March 2019 to switch to Gmail. Apparently, this won’t come as a surprise for many, though the app has its own fair share of fans out there.

Launched about four years ago, the Inbox email app was designed to work alongside Google’s popular email service Gmail. The app really revolutionized how people used email service. Features like snoozing and bundling sparked a rush for the app, but things did not actually moved along the fast lane as Google expected. Updates were, however, not common as Google focused more attention on the Gmail service to detriment of the Inbox email app.

As expected, Google wants everyone to make the switch to the Gmail app, which by the way was recently overhauled with some new and exciting features.

“As we look to the future, we want to take a more focused approach that will help us bring the best email experience to everyone. As a result, we’re planning to focus solely on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019,” said Mathew Izatt Product Manager, Gmail in a blog post.

Gmail, the world’s most used and most popular email service is now spotting a new design, confidential mode, email snoozing among several other changes rolled out last April.

Confidential mode: This feature lets you set an expiration date for all your sensitive email. What that means is that the email can be revoked at the expiration of a set date. This works by sending a link instead of the confidential email directly to the recipient. The sent link leaves your mailbox from where the recipient is able to access it via his Gmail account or another email service. The sender is always in charge of how long the recipient gets to access the message—it’s all about putting a time-limit on the access granted to the other party.

Email snoozing: This is one feature that is gaining a lot of attention these days—a lot of email services are now adopting. Not to be undone by others, email snoozing has now been integrated into Gmail. For now, email snoozing is only available on Gmail on the web. Perhaps, we could yet see this feature added to the Gmail app in no-distant future.

High-priority notifications [Gmail app]: The Gmail app was not left out as Google also unveiled high-priority notifications. To those already familiar with Inbox, this feature uses Google’s artificial intelligence to choose which email you will want to accord greater priority and the one you want to read later.

Gmail is expected to welcome more of those features in Inbox, which might make the former even more popular among users everywhere.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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