Google is shutting down ‘Inbox by Gmail’ app by March 2019

Google's Inbox is a different approach to email than the standard Gmail app.                  Josh Miller  CNET

Google's Inbox is a different approach to email than the standard Gmail app. Josh Miller CNET

As of Android 8.0 (Oreo), snoozing has become an OS-level feature for all notifications and not just emails. Fast forward several months and Google's plans for Inbox crumbled to dust, as the search giant confirmed to The Verge that it will shut down the app in March 2019.

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. On the back end, Inbox was the same thing as Gmail, and worked with your existing Gmail address. In the new experience, users can directly access actions on the emails within the Gmail inbox, snooze emails until a later time, send emails under a confidential mode, and more.

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.

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What do you think about Google killing support for Inbox? This merging of features led to uncertainty about the future of Inbox, and ultimately, to its demise.

The impact: This means that for those that use Inbox for their email, they'll need to look elsewhere to deal with email. Are you going to start using Gmail again or move over to another email client?

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