Google has launched an app that aims to make email more useful and preview next-gen capabilities.
This app, called Inbox, isn’t a new version of Gmail but a separate take that is aimed at managing that never ending email flow.
The app is invite-only and will come in handy if it will deliver on what Google is promising.
The overwhelming problem is that there is too much email to wade through and it has become a chore and productivity killer.
For years, there have been efforts to eradicate the inbox. Social networking or derivatives of it were going to make email irrelevant. But then, we got various tools and structures to make email smarter, so we are still using email a lot.
Sundar Pichai, the head of Chrome, Android and apps, explained that Inbox will create bundles of email and group it together. It will also highlight important information at a glance and provide reminders as well as a snooze button.
Inbox will also:
• Mark tasks as done by swiping to right.
• Speed-dial friends with a red + button.
• Pin items to come back and address.
• Create custom message bundles.
• Find travel docs, photos and other critical information without opening the email.
Inbox will actually be like a combination of Google Now and Gmail. It will be available on Android phones running on iOS 7 or higher as well as Jellybean 4.1 or higher. On desktop, it will be available to those who use Chrome browser.