16 Mar

A Look at the Upcoming Google Inbox

The Google Inbox is the new app that redefines email in an innovative way, unlike anything that has happened in the recent years. It augments Gmail for mobile with assist, reminders, flight information, tasks, and attached photos as well. Google Inbox does not replace Gmail; it works with these Gmail accounts and acts as an add-on feature that highlights the incoming emails that the user considers important. Google naturally concludes what users may find important while allowing them to also tell the Inbox service what their viewing priorities are. Users can also set the frequency of such emails.

Let’s look at a few benefits of the app and all the challenges that it will have to face.

Incoming Mail

All the incoming mail notifications are served up on the user’s Smartphone screen, even if it’s locked. From there, you can either opt to read, save or delete the mail. If you choose to save, the email will be available for viewing later. The user can swipe the notifications and simply tap the pin, if they wish to move an item right back to the inbox.

The Clock Icon

When you save an email, you have the flexibility of tapping the clock icon to save the mail for any particular time in the future; later, tomorrow, next week, you name it.

Bundles

Users can create bundles for specific types of email like financial reports, promotions, travel, updates and online purchases. Bundling basically means that all the promotional emails will go into one specified folder that categorizes them individually. This is done with all folders and gives the users an opportunity to check the relevant emails together and in a definitive order. This also makes deleting the useless emails easier because they are all in one place, and apart from the default categories, you can create and name your own bundles for any kind of mails as well.

Reminders

This is a great feature that Gmail lacks; reminding people about important things without entering the calendar. You can swipe right to dismiss the reminders or left to snooze them to pop up again at a specified time. Since the app focuses exclusively on mobile devices, these reminders do not show up on desktop, which is a pity since it is one of the more appealing features of the app.
Assist

This function within the Reminders enables the users to transform an important email itself into a reminder. When you are making a reservation for any restaurant, the Assist feature will find you the address and contact details of that place and add them to the reminder, making it easier for you to find it.

Pin

Users can pin all the important messages they receive simply by tapping the toggle that denotes a pin at the top of the application. This makes pinning as easy and simple as ever and gives you a greater amount of flexibility in your options.

Composing New Emails

Creating new messages has been made simpler than ever with this app; speed dial a “+” button at the bottom of the screen and the app will show a list of your most frequent contacts. This will enable you to compose a new message fast and attach any images from your mobile device’s directory.

Notes

The notes are served up by Google Inbox right to the menu; whenever you compose a note, it automatically gets synced with the app.

The Cons

There is only one thing about Inbox that could be disliked; it takes a lot of time for users to shift from the conventional emailing styles to this newer version because it has many new features. The app is incredibly active and will notify you 24/7 about all your updates, so if you receive a lot of email, it is better to switch off your phone when you don’t want to be constantly disturbed.

Overall, the app looks very promising and the new features open up a window of opportunities for users who are tired of the traditional email apps and systems.

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