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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27 months ago
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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27 months ago

[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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27 months ago
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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27 months ago
One of the rare times when Google discontinues a product because they've absorbed the functionality elsewhere, rather than just discontinuing it and leaving the users out in the cold.
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27 months ago
This thread makes me question my decision to use Google Keep.
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27 months ago
God damnit...
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