Google has two different Gmail apps. There’s the official Gmail app that ships with most smartphones, and a few years ago the company introduced an experimental new app called Inbox that let you interact with Gmail in a brand new way.

Now Fast Company reports that Inbox is going away. Sort of. In a lot of ways, the spirit of the app will live on… in Gmail.

Update: It’s official. Google has confirmed that it’s retiring Inbox.

Some of the features that made their debut with Inbox have found their way to the core Gmail experience over the years, including smart replies, which automatically suggest text to help you send quick follow-ups to messages, for example.

Google notes that while not every Inbox feature will be salvaged, there are a number of other tools that have already made their way to Gmail include the ability to snooze messages, nudges to follow-up on old messages, and hover actions on a PC.

According to Fast Company, Google plans to retire Inbox by March, 2019. That gives users about a half year to switch to the Gmail app or a third-party solution. But one of the nice things about Inbox is that it was really always just a front-end for Gmail. So while you might lose access to some features you’ve grown accustomed to, switching apps is as simple as tapping the Gmail icon on your phone.

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6 replies on “Google’s Inbox email app is shutting down”

  1. Boo 🙁 Inbox has been the best email client I’ve ever used. Really not looking forward to going back to Gmail.

  2. It’s neither experimental or mobile only.
    There is a web based version of inbox and both have lived at long as most Google products before they get bored and shut them down. It’s a very difficult company to commit to when they keep abandoning their services and pushing then to others which have different or fewer features.

    1. bradlinder – Brad Linder is editor of the mobile tech blog Liliputing, an independent journalist and podcast producer and editor based in Philadelphia.
      Brad Linder says:

      Ahh, I believe it started off mobile-only, but I’ll admit, I haven’t really used it much since it launched, so I haven’t kept up on all the changes. I’ve updated the headline, thanks.

        1. bradlinder – Brad Linder is editor of the mobile tech blog Liliputing, an independent journalist and podcast producer and editor based in Philadelphia.
          Brad Linder says:

          Alright. Turns out I’ve just got a crappy memory… And no good excuse for failing to fact check this. Thanks for the correction.

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