It's the end of the road for Inbox by Gmail

Kelley Robertson
September 14, 2018

Google launched Inbox while it still tried to make Gmail better, but not as an alternative to the latter. So there is no point to continue with two email apps by the Google with nearly same features.

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.

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According to a Google blog posted today, if you use Inbox, it will still be functional at least until the end of March 2019. "Inbox enthusiasts-some of whom used the app precisely because it wasn't Gmail-will take the news hard, even if Inbox's influence on the current Gmail has been profound".

Search giant Google is pulling the plug on its Inbox app.


Google has announced that features from Inbox that haven't been added to Gmail yet may be added in the future.

Over the years, Inbox became a testing ground for features that include the Smart Reply, which later made its way into Gmail. This added functionality pulled a good number of users away from Gmail as they added to the email experience without combining the usual headaches caused by using third-party email clients. At that time, the company will discontinue the app. Maybe Inbox was doomed from the start, but erase the frustration of Inbox users on this sad day.

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Smart Reply: Quickly reply to an email using suggested phrases that appear based on the email you received.

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