Google Discontinuing 'Inbox by Gmail' in March 2019, Points Users Toward Gmail

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Just over two months after Google updated the "Inbox by Gmail" app for iOS to support iPhone X, the company this week announced that it will discontinue the service at the end of March 2019.


Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app, offering users features like snoozing emails to check later, Smart Reply, high-priority notifications, and more. The company says that in the four years of the app's life it has "learned a lot about how to make email better," adding some of the most popular Inbox features directly into its main Gmail client.

Because of this, and to maintain a "more focused approach," Google will shutter Inbox by Gmail and focus entirely on Gmail.
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. As we look to the future, we want to take a more focused approach that will help us bring the best email experience to everyone. As a result, we're planning to focus solely on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019.
In an effort to help users transition from Inbox to Gmail, the company has set up a new guide on its support website. Google says that the new Gmail, which launched in April, will be a nice home for former Inbox users since it incorporates many of the same features as Inbox, as well as some new ones.

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M.PaulCezanne

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Didn’t like that app when it first came out. Went back to the Gmail app and never looked back. Guess the updates didn’t make it any better.
 

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NO NO NO - the Inbox app makes everything som much "cleaner" than the gmail...right now everything in my Inbox that has to do with travel is automaticcally grouped under each trip ... I just opened gmail (which I havent used since the Inbox app came out - and now there is just a bundle of travel e-mails in one big mess :(

I am really dissapointed about this :(
 
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[doublepost=1536846792][/doublepost]NO NO NO - the Inbox app makes everything som much "cleaner" than the gmail...right now everything in my Inbox that has to do with travel is automaticcally grouped under each trip ... I just opened gmail (which I havent used since the Inbox app came out - and now there is just a bundle of travel e-mails in one big mess :(

I am really dissapointed about this :(
As someone who doesn’t want to feel “stuck” in any one ecosystem and therefore looks for cross platform solutions, I have grown a bit wary about Google’s long history of starting a service that sounds great, but ends up needing work that never gets done but instead results in rolling all users over to something else entirely or leaving them stranded in an abandoned wasteland. Sometimes the new thing does turn out to be better, but it’s always confusing and disorienting to make the switchover. They’ve rolled over my Google Play music into something new and better, or so I’m told. But the fact of the matter is I’ve got too much going on and don’t really feel like figuring out the new shiney thing they’re pushing.
 

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This is why I switched to iPhone. I’m tired of them starting stuff then dropping it. I have both on my phone but inbox was way better for my personal email because it seemed to sort better than gmail.
 

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Never understood why... with a company as massive as Google... how it would really hurt them all that much to keep stuff like this running? Back when I was a Google Fan I got burned way too many times by this. Google Reader, Gears, Notebook, Wave, iGoogle, Google Code, ... I could go on and on. Now, I'd rather pay for a product that sticks around than have my personal data sold to use a free product that may not be around tomorrow. I value my privacy much more today. If you're not paying for the product... you are the product being sold.

I remember when Inbox came out. I liked it and wondered when gmail was going to be discontinued. lol.
 

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[doublepost=1536846792][/doublepost]NO NO NO - the Inbox app makes everything som much "cleaner" than the gmail...right now everything in my Inbox that has to do with travel is automaticcally grouped under each trip ... I just opened gmail (which I havent used since the Inbox app came out - and now there is just a bundle of travel e-mails in one big mess :(

I am really dissapointed about this :(
I probably should have stuck with it. I don’t like the GMail app either.
 
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jon159785

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I use Inbox to get notifications only for email in Primay - even though I don’t read or manage mail using Inbox - i stilll read/reply with Apple native app.

Is there any other app or setting to get notifications about emails in primary only?
 
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Just over two months after Google updated the "Inbox by Gmail" app for iOS to support iPhone X, the company this week announced that it will discontinue the service at the end of March 2019.


Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app, offering users features like snoozing emails to check later, Smart Reply, high-priority notifications, and more. The company says that in the four years of the app's life it has "learned a lot about how to make email better," adding some of the most popular Inbox features directly into its main Gmail client.

Because of this, and to maintain a "more focused approach," Google will shutter Inbox by Gmail and focus entirely on Gmail.
In an effort to help users transition from Inbox to Gmail, the company has set up a new guide on its support website. Google says that the new Gmail, which launched in April, will be a nice home for former Inbox users since it incorporates many of the same features as Inbox, as well as some new ones.

Article Link: Google Discontinuing 'Inbox by Gmail' in March 2019, Points Users Toward Gmail
Why don’t they merge Waze into Google Maps already with faster turn by turn and ability to run the app on top with notifications like Apple and Google Maps does. Crazy we have to click back to Waze every time we leave the app while driving.
 
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I'd be fine with it if Gmail now supports the snooze feature. Does it? It's invaluable to me to keep my inbox empty and organized.

/edit Oh, I guess it does.

Use Inbox features in Gmail
Some of Inbox's popular features have been added to Gmail.

Snooze emails: Postpone emails to a future date or time that's more convenient for you. Learn how to snooze emails in Gmail.
Follow-ups (nudges): Gmail occasionally moves old emails to the top of your inbox with a suggestion to reply or follow up. Learn how to show or hide these nudges to follow up.
Hover actions: On your computer, you can point to emails in your inbox and quickly take action, like archiving or marking as read, without opening the email.
Smart Reply: Quickly reply to an email using suggested phrases that appear based on the email you received. Learn how to use Smart Reply.
https://support.google.com/inbox/answer/9117840?p=transition_to_gmail&visit_id=636724413005238330-3006599950&rd=1
 
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"Hey everybody, it's Google here. You know that email program that had the interface that was super clean, simple, easy to use, and nothing like gmail (in a good way)? Yeah, we're gonna drop that and have you use gmail again. Don't worry, it's just like inbox because it has a round button now. And we added the features that you won't be able to find anymore. Thaaaaaaaanks"
 
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ericg301

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I use Inbox to get notifications only for email in Primay - even though I don’t read or manage mail using Inbox - i stilll read/reply with Apple native app.

Is there any other app or setting to get notifications about emails in primary only?
you can still do that in gmail, if you used their tabbed categories. go into notification settings and select PRIMARY only.
 

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I'd be fine with it if Gmail now supports the snooze feature. Does it? It's invaluable to me to keep my inbox empty and organized.

/edit Oh, I guess it does.



https://support.google.com/inbox/answer/9117840?p=transition_to_gmail&visit_id=636724413005238330-3006599950&rd=1
I think it does but not as well as inbox and I don't think gmail has snooze option on ios notifications. At least that's what I remember when I briefly tried the gmail app again when they introduced snooze. Could be wrong though. I just remember not liking something about the gmail app. I actually wanted to like it more than inbox as well.
[doublepost=1536856483][/doublepost]I mean I rather have just one email client from Google but at least merge or transfer all the good features from the beta inbox into gmail. Hopefully that happens before they officially axe Inbox.
 
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