Thursday, October 23, 2014

Google rethinks email managament with Inbox (by Gmail)

We all know Google like to update their services on a regular basis; but when it comes to "mess" with things like Gmail, it's easy to imagine how people would react (badly) to any major changes. So, Google sidestepped the whole thing by releasing a complete different app to show you how you should handle your email in this new century: with Inbox, by Gmail.

We spend a lot of time managing our email, and Google wants to lend a hand. You can consider this Inbox to be an evolution of the multiple inbox system Gmail implemented last year, but taken even further. Your emails are automatically categorized, with important things shown clearly, and also an option to snooze some emails for some time.

Google Now influences are also present, with Inbox showing you the info it thinks it's most relevant for you (travel info, purchase deliveries, etc.) and let's you quickly add reminders and notes, with intelligent search features - like phone numbers and even map directions to a restaurant you've made a reservation to.

Inbox is available for Android and iOS, but for now it's "invite only" (you can request an invite via I'm not really sure what to think of this Inbox, as I still keep my traditional inbox style on Gmail. On the other hand, the fact that it has some Google Now genes - that I love - have caught my attention. In the end, I have to thank Google by not messing up the current Gmail as we know it, and creating a completely different app that will allow us to try it out without the prejudice of being completely different than expected.

... Now all I have to do is wait for the invite to arrive... soon, I hope.

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