Google Inbox is being axed in favour of Gmail
Inbox, Google’s secondary email app,will shutter by the end of March next year, the company has announced. The news was on Google’s blog The Keyword, with Google justifying the closure by committing to “a more focused approach that will help us bring the best email experience to everyone”.
The move consolidates Google’s email users, meaning Google’s support teams can prioritise updates over maintenance. Several features from Inbox have made their way to Gmail through updates, including ‘snoozing’ an email for it to re-appear at a certain time, or the ‘Smart Compose’ function that aids you in replying to emails in an efficient manner.
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Google has announced that features from Inbox that haven’t been added to Gmail yet may be added in the future. The major missing feature is “bundling” emails into specific groups depending on topic, such as upcoming events or ongoing projects.
Launched in 2014, Inbox didn’t see the popularity of Google’s near-ubiquitous email app, Gmail. Compared to Gmail, Inbox is something of a dark horse and has often been regarded as a testing ground for features that later make their way into Gmail. Despite Google prioritising Gmail in terms of update frequency and attention, Inbox has a committed user base.
Users of Inbox have until March to begin switching back to Gmail instead — Google has provided a handy transition guide to aid this process.