Google to Shut Down 'Inbox by Gmail' on April 2

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Google will shut down its "Inbox by Gmail" app on April 2, the company has confirmed to users of the email app.

Google announced in September that it would be shuttering the app toward the end of March 2019, but didn't give a set date for when that would happen.


However, as noted on Reddit, users of the app yesterday began being notified that the app would be "going away in 15 days," which points to April 2 as the end date.

Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app, offering users features like snoozing emails to check later, Smart Reply, high-priority notifications, and more.

Google says that in the four years of the app's life it "learned a lot about how to make email better," adding some of the most popular Inbox features directly into its main Gmail client, to which the company is directing existing Inbox users.

To help users transition from Inbox to Gmail, Google has set up a guide on its support website. Google says the new Gmail app, launched in April 2018, will be a good home for former Inbox users as it incorporates many of the same features as Inbox, in addition to new ones.

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Relentless Power

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Good decision by Google. I personally found it to be a worthless feature that I never used, and I’m willing to believe ‘Smart reply and annoying emails to check later’ never really appealed to others.
 

MHenyk

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If you guys are looking for an alternative, try our Spark app. We're launching the Android version in the beginning of April (now it works on Mac and iOS).

Spark has snoozes, email scheduling, quick replies, customizable swipes and notifications. And with its Smart Inbox, you see the important emails at the top and can quickly clear the rest.
 

Scottsoapbox

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If you guys are looking for an alternative, try our Spark app. We're launching the Android version in the beginning of April (now it works on Mac and iOS).

Spark has snoozes, email scheduling, quick replies, customizable swipes and notifications. And with its Smart Inbox, you see the important emails at the top and can quickly clear the rest.
Gmail has all of that now so how is Spark different/better?
 

GaryMumford

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It’s March?
Maybe it should say "Google says the new Gmail, launching in April, will be a good home for former Inbox users as it incorporates many of the same features as Inbox, in addition to new ones".
So maybe a new and updated Gmail on April 1st, then close Inbox on April 2nd??
 
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MHenyk

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Gmail has all of that now so how is Spark different/better?
Spark works faster and looks cleaner and more intuitive. For me, the main difference is that I can quickly achieve the Inbox Zero with Spark. It sorts emails from all my accounts into three categories, and I can archive all newsletters and notifications with a single swipe. Then, I can focus on personal emails.

There are many other cool things. You can select different types of notifications for each account, manage your calendar right in Spark, create smart folders to automatically sort emails (e.g. emails from Ann with attachments from the last month).

Plus, Spark has lots of unique features for teams. You can delegate emails to other people (like tasks), discuss an email privately in comments under the thread, write drafts together in real time (like in Google Docs).
 
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Craiger

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I just want my trips bundles! My inbox is cluttered with reservations now that I switched back to gmail...
 
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In between a rock and a hard place
Maybe it should say "Google says the new Gmail, launching in April, will be a good home for former Inbox users as it incorporates many of the same features as Inbox, in addition to new ones".
So maybe a new and updated Gmail on April 1st, then close Inbox on April 2nd??
It's a reference to last year's April update that incorporated a lot of Inbox features. Google had been using Inbox as a feature test bed. Things they liked, they put in GMail. Things they didn't... they didn't. No company would update one day and close the next. That allows no time at all for unforeseen issues.
 
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Spark works faster and looks cleaner and more intuitive. For me, the main difference is that I can quickly achieve the Inbox Zero with Spark. It sorts emails from all my accounts into three categories, and I can archive all newsletters and notifications with a single swipe. Then, I can focus on personal emails.

There are many other cool things. You can select different types of notifications for each account, manage your calendar right in Spark, create smart folders to automatically sort emails (e.g. emails from Ann with attachments from the last month).

Plus, Spark has lots of unique features for teams. You can delegate emails to other people (like tasks), discuss an email privately in comments under the thread, write drafts together in real time (like in Google Docs).
Sounds good. Until they are too successful and Google buys them, guts them and closes it down.
 

Syrgul

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Add me to the list of those who preferred Inbox. I'm currently running both apps side by side, trying to get used to the base gmail client again, but it's horrible in comparison. With Inbox, everything was sorted and easily findable. With the gmail client, I might as well just go back to using the stock apple one, I'm not really seeing the benefits.
 
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rodpascoe

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If you guys are looking for an alternative, try our Spark app. We're launching the Android version in the beginning of April (now it works on Mac and iOS).

Spark has snoozes, email scheduling, quick replies, customizable swipes and notifications. And with its Smart Inbox, you see the important emails at the top and can quickly clear the rest.
Spark is awesome and I’ve used it since it’s first beta on IOS. Only thing it’s missing is mail rules which now my main hosting company have switched panels I can’t do anywhere else.

Also miss read receipts which they had and then removed.

That being said it’s the best mail app for iOS and macOS by far.
 
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One big feature that at least was missing was the ability to snooze from the notification screen on gmail. Inbox had this feature and I found it pretty useful
 
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Google will shut down its "Inbox by Gmail" app on April 2, the company has confirmed to users of the email app.

Google announced in September that it would be shuttering the app toward the end of March 2019, but didn't give a set date for when that would happen.


However, as noted on Reddit, users of the app yesterday began being notified that the app would be "going away in 15 days," which points to April 2 as the end date.

Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app, offering users features like snoozing emails to check later, Smart Reply, high-priority notifications, and more.

Google says that in the four years of the app's life it "learned a lot about how to make email better," adding some of the most popular Inbox features directly into its main Gmail client, to which the company is directing existing Inbox users.

To help users transition from Inbox to Gmail, Google has set up a guide on its support website. Google says the new Gmail app, launched in April 2018, will be a good home for former Inbox users as it incorporates many of the same features as Inbox, in addition to new ones.

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[doublepost=1553005513][/doublepost]We have an app called Flo that is currently in public beta for iOS, and will soon be available to iOS beta testers on Mac. It does more than just email but the email component has some useful features such as tracking for non-response (which allows me to send-and-forget). Also allows multiple accounts including your gmail.

http://floware.com
 

Defthand

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If you guys are looking for an alternative, try our Spark app.
Looks feature packed. Great that it will be cross platform as I’m a MacOS loyalist but I’m liking what Google is doing with their mobile and home wares. I see Spark is free to use. How does Readdle pay the bills?
 
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