Goodbye Inbox, Hello Gmail

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Google announced that they are shutting down their Inbox email app to put more focus on their Gmail platform and to use that email client rather than a separate one / Photo by: Aleksey Boldin via 123rf

 

With the way Google is moving this year, it looks like they are planning to go through several overhauls that can change the way people interact with their products in the future. Case in point, Google just announced they are shutting down their Inbox email app to put more focus on their Gmail platform and to use that email client rather than a separate one, this according to a report posted on fortune.com.

The company stated their intention to retire their Inbox app just a few days ago, and that the final month of the app will be on March 2019. Google didn’t specify why it was shutting down Inbox, which was released four years ago. During its launch, Inbox was touted to be a faster email app compared to Gmail, which by then was getting long in the tooth.

Google has been doing many things this year with regard to changes in technology use, making partnerships and deals with other companies to further expand their reach. But this development in their email app seems to be a push for them to go for a more simplistic route, using as few apps and platforms as possible with the maximum impact.

Matthew Izatt, the current Gmail product manager, recently wrote in a blog post that the old users of the Inbox platform can now consult an easy-to-use guide so that they won’t have any issue using the latest iteration of Gmail. “All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail,” he said. This means that there will be no need to manually transfer stored emails from Inbox to Gmail because Google will do it for you.

Izzat added that Google has plans to update their Gmail app to be able to incorporate features from Inbox like the Smart Compose function and so on. This is just one of the many apps that Google has made obsolete by consolidating everything into a more universal platform.