Google to kill Inbox early next year


For reference, Google's entire Android platform hit the one billion monthly active user mark three years ago.

Launched back in 2014, Inbox by Gmail was initially invite-only and sought to compete with innovative email apps like Boxer and the now-defunct Mailbox. Gmail started picking up some nifty features of its own over time too, such as basic gesture customization, Smart Compose, AI-driven priority alerts, and un-sending emails. "We know change is hard, so we've created a transition guide to help you switch from Inbox to the new Gmail easily". The death of Inbox is not entirely out of the blue - numerous features that made it unique have become part of Gmail over the years.

Google informed The Verge that none of the Inbox team had been let go which is good news for the future of Gmail. Google was pretty adamant about the future of Inbox saying at that time that there's no reason users should be anxious, as the app is here to stay.

Google plans to shut down its Inbox email app as it refocuses on Gmail as its preferred email client. Google claims this is in the works, but did not give an official timeline as to when to expect the feature. Just another case of Google killing off an app or service, Google giveth and Google taketh.

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"We know change is hard, so we've created a transition guide to help you switch from Inbox to the new Gmail easily", Izatt added. There's a transition guide that includes a list of Inbox features that have arrived in Gmail, as well as alternative features that offer similar functionality.

I know quite a few Gmail users who switched to Inbox when it was released.

Google seemingly makes the case that Inbox fans shouldn't be upset because Gmail has already absorbed enough of what made Inbox special.