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Google sends the Inbox app for Gmail to spam by closing it down next year

Google will retire the Inbox by Gmail app in March 2019.

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Google’s experimental Inbox app for Gmail is being shut down early next year. Once available through invitation-only, the app originally launched in 2014 and was intended to create a more efficient email experience for users.

Noting in a post that it is now taking a “more focused approach that will help us bring the best email experience to everyone,” Google product manager Matthew Izatt says his company will retire the Inbox by Gmail app in March 2019.

This move shouldn’t come as a surprise. In the past few months, the company has introduced an all-new Gmail experience that includes some of the features from Inbox, including Smart Compose, which helps you draft your emails faster.

Izatt says the Inbox by Gmail app has been  “a great place to experiment with new ideas like snoozing emails to later, as well as try the latest A.I.-powered experiences like smart reply, nudges, and high-priority notifications to help you stay productive.”

As part of the transition, Google has put together a guide that will help you switch from Inbox to the new Gmail.

Soon after Inbox by Gmail launched, it became my default email app on my iPhone. Over the years, I stopped using the app as Apple added new features to its Mail app. When the Gmail app gained Inbox features earlier this year, I took it for a test drive. I’m happy to say, I’ve been impressed and now use the Gmail app on both my iPhone and iPad.

Are you sad to see the Inbox app by Gmail go? Let us know in the comments below.

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