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Google plans to shut down the Inbox app by March 2019

Google Inbox and Gmail logos, Inbox app going down in March 2019 (Source: Google - The Keyword)
Google Inbox and Gmail logos (Source: Google - The Keyword)
Although it has grown to become an excellent Gmail alternative, Google's Inbox app remains an experimental piece of code. This means that Google is using the data provided by its usage to improve Gmail and, unfortunately, it seems that the internet giant has decided to discontinue Inbox at the end of March 2019.

Back in 2014, Google introduced an entirely new way of handling emails in Android via the Inbox app. Sadly, I was not invited in the first few waves, and — since it can always get even worse — when I received the invite, I found out that the app was not compatible with my Android tablet. In the meantime, I got an Android phone as well and Inbox quickly became my favorite email app. Yesterday, the hammer fell: Google is planning to discontinue the Inbox app in just a few months.

According to Google, Inbox was useful for learning about making email better and some popular features of this app were already added to Gmail. Sadly, Gmail Product Manager, Matthew Izatt, also wrote the following: "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."

The new Gmail arrived this April with many Inbox features and new ones, such as Smart Compose. No matter how hard it might be for many Inbox users, especially those on iOS who also received iPhone X support less than three months ago, it looks like there is no turning back. Google has even published a support page whose name should say it all: Move from Inbox to Gmail.

Am I the only one who would rather keep Inbox around and kill the Gmail app? If I'm not alone, please share some positive thoughts regarding Inbox in the comments below. After all, hope dies last and maybe someone up there at Google decides to do the right thing.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-09-13 (Update: 2018-09-13)