Google launched the Inbox app in the year 2014 in order to improve Gmail. The company introduced the app as an experimental platform to test new features which will later rolled out to Gmail.
A ‘lighter’ version of Gmail, Inbox app has some features that are not available on Gmail.
Google, however, did not exactly reveal why it is shutting down the Inbox app. Google Gmail product manager Matthew Izatt announced this in a blog post. Addressing Inbox users in the blog post, Izatt wrote, “All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail.” This essentially means that Inbox users would not have to migrate their stored emails to Gmail.
Izatt further added, “Inbox by Gmail has been a great place to experiment with new ideas like snoozing emails to later, as well as try the latest AI-powered experiences like Smart Reply, Nudges and high-priority notifications to help you stay productive.”
“We know change is hard, so we’ve created a transition guide to help you switch from Inbox to the new Gmail with ease. All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail. See you there,” concluded Izatt in the blog post.
Recently, Google updated its Gmail app with some new features. The update includes new design and the smart compose feature borrowed from the Inbox app. The Inbox app now joins the list of other Google services such as Google Reader, Google URL shortener which have become dysfunctional.