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15 Sep 2018

Google is killing the Inbox app by March 2019

Google Inbox app to be killed in 2019

After four years of glorious service, working as a testing ground for to-be-announced Gmail features, Google is pulling the plug on its Inbox app.

The app will be killed in March 2019.

Launched in 2014, the Inbox app lived alongside the Gmail app, and brought a ton of new ideas as to how an email app could work on a smartphone.

Here's more.

In context

Google Inbox app to be killed in 2019

Inbox

How the Inbox app lived alongside, and complemented Gmail's development

On the back end, Inbox worked in a similar way to the Gmail app, using your Gmail address.

However, in terms of user experience, the app offered several features way before they were integrated into Gmail, including options for snoozing, connected task lists, reminders linked to emails etc.

Inbox also served as a testing ground for Gmail's recent Smart Reply feature.

Google bids farewell to Inbox in a touching tweet

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Legacy

Inbox's legacy will live on in the Gmail app

Yet, certain features like "bundling" similar emails into a single block to avoid an email overload are yet to come to Gmail.

With Gmail's redesign and new features recently launched, we probably should have foreseen the demise of Inbox, especially considering the fact that the app rarely received updates.

However, Inbox's legacy will continue to live on in the Gmail features of today.

It's not a bad move from Google's perspective

Perspective

It's not a bad move from Google's perspective

From Google's standpoint, however, it's probably a good thing that the tech giant is focusing on one email app.

Additionally, as The Verge notes, no employees will be laid off as a result of the app being killed - they'll be absorbed into the Gmail team.

Thus, overall, it's not a bad move by Google, although Inbox loyalists might be really saddened by it.

This writer is one of them.

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