If a team of engineers at Google is to be believed, the company’s new Inbox app is the future of email and it will eventually replace Gmail entirely. That’s a long-term goal, of course. In the meantime, Google’s fresh new take on email in an experiment that aims to help people better manage the flood of messages we all receive each day.
Google first launched Gmail nearly 11 years ago, and there is no question that it changed email as we know it. Practically limitless storage, enhanced spam filtering, a new means of email organization… and all for free! Gmail remains one of the most popular email services in the world to this day, but we all know nothing lasts forever.
Disappointed that no one has yet invited you to try out Google’s awesome new Inbox by Gmail app? Well you can get one right now if you act fast. 9to5Google points out that Google on Wednesday said that it would guarantee Inbox invitations to anyone who emails firstname.lastname@example.org from a Gmail address between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon PST (1 p.m.-3 p.m. EST). This means that as of this writing you have just over an hour to email Google and get your guaranteed Inbox invite. More →
Naming your revolutionary new email product after the central feature in traditional email — the inbox — is peculiar at best, but that doesn’t make Google’s new Inbox app any less nifty. The new invite-only mobile and web app attempts to take the sting out of traditional email by skimming out the junk, applying better rules for organization, and only alerting you when important messages hit your inbox.
Of course, Inbox is only great if you know how to fully take advantage of it. More →
Google may think of Inbox as the future of email but that doesn’t mean it’s hanging its Gmail app out to dry. In fact, the recently released Gmail 5.0 update is the most dramatic overhaul of Gmail we’ve seen in a very long time, as it marks the first time that Google has brought Material Design to its hugely popular email app. More →
Do you like what you’ve seen with Google’s new Inbox app so far? If so, that’s a good thing because Google thinks its the future of Gmail. In an interview with Mashable, the team behind Inbox explain what they’re trying to accomplish with the new app and why they believe the traditional email inbox desperately needs a renovation. More →
Google last week unveiled a new email product that’s similar to Mailbox and packed it with task-oriented features and even Google Now-like smarts. However, Google’s Inbox by Gmail is invite-only at this time, much like Gmail was when it first came out. In case you’re tired of waiting for an invite and desperately need to start using Inbox, there’s a way to force Inbox access on your mobile device, as discovered by WonderHowTo. More →
Email is a daily chore that can be quite annoying, whether it’s for work or leisure (if there is such a thing), but a new company called Inbox thinks it has found a way to make email a more pleasant experience. Founded by former Dropbox engineer and Nest designer Michael Grinich and Christine Spang, who previously worked at Ksplice on the Linux kernel, Inbox wants to take on Gmail and everyone else with an open-source solution that’s built by an “email company” rather than an “advertising company,” The Next Web reports. More →
Today Xobni, the company behind the popular inbox management software with the same name, announced that it will begin offering a beta browser-plugin for Chrome and Firefox that works with Gmail. Xobni for Gmail creates profiles for each contact in your address book, and automatically fills in company, title, social network profiles, and more. If you search for a contact, you’ll see their profile, as well as analytics on how often you’ve exchanged emails with them, at what times, and more. Xobni also announced that clients for both the iPhone and Android smartphones will be entering into beta-testing soon, and will eventually be offered alongside the BlackBerry version — which is already available. Those with multiple accounts across different devices may want to opt for Xobni’s cloud-based Xobni Pro package. As we’ve said before: Xobni basically makes your boring inbox awesome, so if you haven’t given it a try before, you may want to check it out now. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
If you’re a Google Apps user, you’ve had the ability to delegate access to your email account for quite some time. Now, Google is giving all users of its Gmail web-base email service that option. Via a blog post, the Big G announced the email delegation feature for all users of its popular email platform. The new functionality can be found in “Settings” by clicking on the “Accounts and Import” tab. From there you can add another Gmail account that you would like to grant access to your inbox; delegates will not be able to change settings, passwords, or chat as the user. “Each account will open in a different browser tab or window so you can view both accounts simultaneously, all while signed into your primary account,” writes Google. The new feature is immediately available to all users. More →
If you rely heavily on Google Voice, as we do, but don’t have an Android handset — preventing you from leveraging the superb Voice app — we have good news. Google has added the ability to send missed call notification emails directly to your email address of choice. As the Google Voice Blog explains: “Starting today, whenever you miss a call, you can see a notification in your Google Voice inbox, or receive an email notification, or both. This setting can be turned on and off from the Calls tab in the Settings menu.” The feature is live and ready to be used. Enjoy. More →
Last night, Google announced the addition of a Priority Inbox to its Gmail email service. As Google explains:
Priority Inbox splits your inbox into three sections: “Important and unread,” “Starred” and “Everything else.” As messages come in, Gmail automatically flags some of them as important. Gmail uses a variety of signals to predict which messages are important, including the people you email most (if you email Bob a lot, a message from Bob is probably important) and which messages you open and reply to (these are likely more important than the ones you skip over). And as you use Gmail, it will get better at categorizing messages for you.
The new feature has been rolling out to Gmail users since late last night. If you see “New! Priority Inbox” in the top right-hand corner of your Gmail window, you’ve got the new feature. Hit the jump to see a video explanation of just how the new inbox will improve your digital life (complete with Ragtime music). More →
If you’re a BlackBerry fan, there is probably not a single thing you have been looking forward to more than what we have right here — screenshots and full details of RIM’s upcoming operating system, OS 6.0. One of our AT&T sources has not only showed us the brand new OS, but has also given us some screenshots that we could share. Since we have seen OS 6.0 in action first hand, we will break it down for you guys, along with all the other screenshots, after the break! More →