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Google is pulling the plug on its experimental Inbox email app

13 September, 2018, 19:10 | Author: Joanna Little
  • Google's Inbox is a different approach to email than the standard Gmail app.                  Josh Miller  CNET

Inbox, Google's innovative app for email, has received its death sentence.

Nearly four years ago, Google introduced a new email client called Inbox. The highlights include AI that can detect emails that you might want to prioritize; Smart Replies, which use more AI to generate quick phrases to use in response to particular emails; an offline mode; a sidebar with shortcuts to Google Calendar, Keep, and Tasks; and the automated detection of a type malicious email message known as "phishing", which attempts to trick you into giving away passwords, credit card info, and other sensitive personal data.

Well, in case you haven't noticed, numerous features that Inbox touted are now native in Gmail. Recently, Google updated its Gmail app with some new features.

Four years after launching Inbox in 2014, we've learned a lot about how to make email better-and we've taken popular Inbox experiences and added them into Gmail to help more than a billion people get more done with their emails everyday.

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In 2015, Google introduced a new feature in Inbox that predicted replies by analyzing emails. Google was pretty adamant about the future of Inbox saying at that time that there's no reason users should be anxious, as the app is here to stay.

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. Five months later, though, and Google looks to have changed its mind. In it, Google walks customers through using some of their favorite features from Inbox in Gmail as well as discover new ones.

One Inbox by Gmail feature that still hasn't made its way over to the standard Gmail service is the email bundling. It's a service many of us use every single day.

As the curtain falls, Google has prepared a guide for users transitioning from Inbox to Gmail, despite complaints from devoted Inbox users on Twitter. After that, you're free to delete the Gmail Offline Chrome app and then continue forward using only Gmail for web. What do you think of this move? Let us know in the comment section below.

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