Google to Kill Its Inbox App In Favor of Gmail

Doris Richards
September 13, 2018

As expected, Google has now announced that it will end support for Inbox in March of 2019 (via FastCompany).

Google has been in kind of a weird position for a little while now relative to email, what with its popular Gmail app and the much newer Inbox app that was launched in 2014 as a kind of playground for Google. Gmail started picking up some nifty features of its own over time too, such as basic gesture customization, Smart Compose, AI-driven priority alerts, and un-sending emails.

Google terminates Google Inbox service
Google is pulling the plug on its experimental Inbox email app

Back in April, though, Google launched its new Gmail experience, which includes numerous features first introduced in Inbox. It was conceived with mobile devices in mind and ditched a decade's worth of Gmail cruft in favor of tools focused on email efficiency, such as the way it displayed attachments right in the inbox view and incorporated a built-in task manager. The company claimed that it had no plans to change its email client and saw it as a place to continue testing innovative features. It's a service many of us use every single day.

The impact: This means that for those that use Inbox for their email, they'll need to look elsewhere to deal with email. Featuring tight integration with other Google services, Inbox quickly garnered a group of passionate followers.

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