Google Unveils Inbox, A New Email App Designed to Better Organize Stuff
In an attempt to re-invent email, Google is launching a new Gmail-related app called Inbox. The new product is a re-imagining of the email inbox, which has been built keeping in focus the way users are using email over the past few decades.
Email is undoubtedly one of the most prominent means of communications, and attempts have always been made to make the email inbox more intuitive and user-friendly. Just last year, Google tweaked the Gmail inbox to sort out emails into different sections such as Social, Promotions, and Updates.
Inbox is built upon the same idea to better organize the email messages. The app features Bundles, which categorizes emails into specific groups. For example, bank statements and receipts will be grouped together so that they could be easily found when needed. Moreover, Bundles are user-customizable meaning users can group emails together based on ways they desire.
Highlights is another feature, which extracts the relevant information from emails and brings front and center. The app will even specify additional information from the web that is not stated in the email, such as tracking info about a flight itinerary or a package.
Inbox also features Reminders that will alert users about various tasks, and Assists work to bring up relevant information about those tasks. “If you make a restaurant reservation online, Inbox adds a map to your confirmation email. Book a flight online, and Inbox gives a link to check-in,” Google explains.
There is also an option, called Snooze, to dismiss reminders, in case they pop up at some private time or in an inconvenient place. Users can set them to come back at another time or when they reach a specific location.
Inbox works on Android (version 4.1 Jelly Bean or later), iOS (7 or later) and the web (Chrome only), but the service is invite-only at start. Google is already sending out the first round of invititions, and those who are invited willl be able to invite their friends as well. Users can also email at email@example.com to ask for invites as soon as more become available.
Source: Official Google Blog