Google isn’t giving up on Gmail, but it has a few ideas about how it could be better. And to test those out, the tech giant has launched Inbox — an e-mail app that works with existing Gmail accounts to revamp how we view, organize and deal with e-mail.
The app, which is still in limited testing and therefore an invite-only service, takes cues from several smaller e-mail apps and has added features such as the ability to make a reminder from an e-mail or tell your account to resend an e-mail at a later time.
E-mails are also organized automatically into categories such as “Promos,” so you spend less time wading through mailing list messages. Users can adjust what goes in which folders if the algorithm errs — which it does, on occasion.
The app also pulls in some of Google’s search expertise. Reminders to make dinner reservations, for example, come with information from its search engine on what number to call and when the restaurant is open. Using Inbox rather than Gmail simplifies your e-mail experience. For some people that may be nice, but for those who don’t like having their messages automatically sorted, it’s best to stick with standard e-mail apps. Free, but requires an invitation which users can request by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, for iOS and Android devices.
(The Washington Post)