Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Google to Kill Its Inbox App In Favor of Gmail

Google to Kill Its Inbox App In Favor of Gmail

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

Even the most recent features included in Gmail, such as "Snooze Emails", "Smart Reply", "Hover Actions", and Follow-ups (or nudges), were initially present only on Inbox by Gmail.

To ease the pain, perhaps for itself as well as its users, Google created a user guide for asylum seekers who will be vacating Inbox for Gmail over the course of the next seven months. Recently, Google updated its Gmail app with some new features. For users, Inbox was a lighter version of Gmail, an email app focusing on what matter most while still offering some nifty features that weren't available to Gmail users.

All of this was capped with the grand redesign of the Gmail website in April, which, in hindsight, appeared to be the final nail in the coffin for Inbox, despite Gmails new coat of paint leaving out bundled email options like Trips, Purchases, and Finances. At the time, Google released a statement telling users not worry about the future of Inbox.

Google Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt revealed today on the official The Keyword blog of the company that Google Inbox is being retired in 2019. 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.

One Inbox by Gmail feature that still hasn't made its way over to the standard Gmail service is the email bundling. After that, you're free to delete the Gmail Offline Chrome app and then continue forward using only Gmail for web. However, there is a pretty big following for Inbox, so Google may face some backlash here. Head down to the comments section and let us know!

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