Google is pulling the plug on its experimental Inbox email app

  • Google is pulling the plug on its experimental Inbox email app

Google is pulling the plug on its experimental Inbox email app

Google has already brought many features from Inbox over to Gmail, so one might say that it was inevitable that Google would kill off Inbox.

Google has announced that Inbox is to close in six months' time. Today, Google announced that it plans to discontinue Inbox, with the app scheduled to disappear by the end of March 2019.

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.

Since its launch, Google has used Inbox to launch a number of innovations for Gmail including Smart Reply, the ability to snooze emails until a later time and more.

But progress on Inbox noticeably slowed, and we can't help but think many users preferred the comfort of Gmail rather than the flashy, if unfamiliar Inbox. Numerous features we know and love from Inbox were brought into Gmail proper when they launched a much needed re-design back in April this year.

When I reviewed Inbox back in 2014 I quickly realized that the service was not something that I wanted to use.

For me, Inbox was an attempt to simplify email and while it certainly had some interesting features, Inbox was too simplified and not really usable because of that.

A few features aren't coming over, however, including pinned emails, reminders, and bundles. Google published a support page that it says should help users transition from Inbox to Gmail.

The service - which came in the form of iOS and Android apps and its own website - funneled mails from your Gmail account to a different, slightly more gesture-driven interface with its own unique set of options.