Google is shutting down ‘Inbox by Gmail’ app by March 2019

Isaac Cain
September 13, 2018

Inbox, Google's innovative app for email, has received its death sentence.

Yesterday, Google announced its decision to discontinue Inbox by Gmail, citing the fact that many of its features are now available in Gmail proper. Back then, many assumed that Google would move all Gmail users to Google Inbox.

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. Things that started out in the app like Smart Reply and viewing attachments right within the main screen have been added to Gmail, many coming in the last big redesign. Gmail also gets more than one billion monthly active users as of 2018 - quite a bit more than all other webmail platforms combined - so even with Google's marketing dollars, Inbox had a challenging road ahead of it from the beginning. Google was pretty adamant about the future of Inbox saying at that time that there's no reason users should be anxious, as the app is here to stay.

Now we have an official date for the app's end: Inbox by Gmail will be permanently out of office by the end of March 2019, the tech giant announced on Wednesday. Five months later, though, and Google looks to have changed its mind.

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When I reviewed Inbox back in 2014 I quickly realized that the service was not something that I wanted to use. There are tons of email services and email apps that accompany them.

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Google seemingly makes the case that Inbox fans shouldn't be upset because Gmail has already absorbed enough of what made Inbox special.

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