Google terminates Google Inbox service

Google terminates Google Inbox service

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Inbox by gmail was launched back in 2015.

In a way, Inbox served as a testbed for future Gmail features.

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As the curtain falls, Google has prepared a guide for users transitioning from Inbox to Gmail, despite complaints from devoted Inbox users on Twitter.

Gmail also gets more than one billion monthly active users as of 2018 - quite a bit more than all other webmail platforms combined - so even with Google's marketing dollars, Inbox had a challenging road ahead of it from the beginning.

Users who have used Inbox are asked to switch back to Gmail.

These days, Gmail for web offers native offline capability, which pretty much erases the need for a separate Gmail Offline app. 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". As of Android 8.0 (Oreo), snoozing has become an OS-level feature for all notifications and not just emails.

Bad news is that some features are not available on Gmail and that Inbox users may have to use suggested alternatives, e.g. labels or filters, or stop using certain features as they are not available.

When Inbox launched, Google introduced and implemented new features such as email bundling and snoozing.

Now we have an official date for the app's end: Inbox by Gmail will be permanently out of office by the end of March 2019, the tech giant announced on Wednesday.

With Gmail's importance to Google's consumer and business wings, it was always going to be tough for a new email client to gain traction at the company.

  • Terrell Bush