Last September, Google broke a lot of hearts when it announced that Inbox by Gmail would be shutting down in March 2019. While it may be March 19 and Inbox is working just fine, the end is nigh. Google’s started showing a pop-up on the Inbox app and website confirming that the app will shut down in 12 days. 12 days from now is April 2, 2019, making that Inbox’s final day. Inbox by Gmail will be shutting down the same day as Google+, the company’s failed social platform. Along with the in-app notice, Google is offering a shortcut that opens the Gmail app for Inbox by Gmail users.
When Google launched the Inbox by Gmail email client in October of 2014, it was a place for the search giant to experiment and test out new and innovative features. But after the company brought over most of the app’s various features to the redesign Gmail, many questioned the client’s future. At the time, Google released a statement telling users not worry about the future of Inbox. The company claimed that it had no plans to change its email client and saw it as a place to continue testing innovative features. Google’s Inbox offered a more personalized email app than the standard Gmail app.It brought functions like snoozing emails, AI-powered Smart Reply and organized folder bundles. With these features, Inbox aimed to give users a better experience when dealing with their email. Inbox also gave Google a chance to test out new features before bringing them to Gmail.The app was meant to increase productivity, especially for those who have to deal with a lot of emails on a daily basis. It allowed users to automatically generate replies, create bundles, and more. Over the past few months, Google has been bringing some of the Inbox by Gmail features to the regular Gmail app. But users are likely to still miss a lot of useful features they fell in love with. So far, Gmail has received a bunch of Inbox by Gmail features including Smart Reply, Nudges, inline attachments, and more. However, not all features may arrive on the default Gmail app.
In fact, Matthew Izatt, Product Manager of Gmail had hinted about the transition last year itself, explaining their “more focused approach” as far as their email services are concerned. “We’re planning to focus solely on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019,” he announced. In the blog post, Izatt further hinted towards the transition, talking about the latest additions to the Gmail app – like Smart Compose – to make drafting emails easier. With less than two weeks to go, Google seems to be making it harder for users to find and download Inbox by Gmail for obvious reasons. In case you were looking to try it out for one last time before it dies, you’ll have a hard time locating it on the Play Store.