Inbox App By Gmail Officially Making Its Exit On April 2

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Inbox App By Gmail Officially Making Its Exit On April 2

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Google will shut down its email service, Inbox on April 2. Originally aimed towards improving email productivity, the application will be taken down from the store. The shut down of Inbox will take place alongside the death of Google+, which is supposed to be terminated on the same day. The American technology company had previously listed its plans to part ways with Inbox in 2018.

About The Application

First announced on a limited invitation-only basis in October 2014, the Inbox application was officially released to the public in May 2015. The app had some interesting features such as advanced filtering and message snoozing that appealed to a multitude of users. Moreover, the app was a fresh overhaul from the “cluttered” interface of the Gmail app, some users reported. For instance, the Inbox app gathered necessary information from the Gmail application and used it to provide just key bits of data to the user.

Inbox faced both welcoming reviews and criticism at the time of launch. Some users referred to the interface as minimalistic and clean, whereas some users complained that the app required them to give up control of their own ability to organize emails. The app also featured Google’s Smart Reply feature, which enabled users to click on pre-tailored replies to emails in their inbox. Furthermore, Google stated in March 2016 that 10 per cent of all the replies on the Inbox Mobile App was generated via Smart Reply. 

Inbox users may see a notification while launching the application that displays a message from Google. The message says that the app will be going away in “X” days, where X is the number of days to April 2. The notification also informs users that all the helpful features of the Inbox app have been integrated with the Gmail app. Subsequently, for those who are trying to locate the application on the Play store, a lot of users are unable to find it too.

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As mentioned before, Google+, which is Google’s social media platform will also shut down on the same date i.e. April 2. The company has already alerted its users to start archiving their posts and images if they want to hold on to them. Such is not the case with the Inbox app, which already derives its emails from Gmail.

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