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October 22, 2014

Google’s new Gmail ‘Inbox’ but you need an invite to use it

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Why is – as it appears, is Google launching a separate app called Inbox, you may wonder.

Well it’s all to do with new features that will help you better manage your reminders, emails, and more. At first glance, Inbox seems to meld some of Google Now’s intelligence with the existing Gmail app. Similar messages are grouped together, for example, although you can also choose which messages to Bundle. The app can also save time by turning messages into a to-do list of sorts, complete with customizable reminders and snoozing and, making it easier to add reminders from your inbox.

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So let’s look at these new features:
Bundles takes the categories Gmail introduced last year and expands that by grouping together similar emails, be it combining things like purchase receipts or bank statements. The Inbox is said to learn and adapt to your grouping preferences.

Highlights pull together key information from important emails, and even pulls in information from outside of your emails, like flight status and shipment tracking. Of course, if you’re a desktop Gmail user these features will sound mighty familiar. This brings that feature to mobile.

Reminders lets you, well, add reminders from your emails. What makes this more than just a basic reminders list, however, is a feature called Assists. This brings in more outside information — Gmails’ example is of writing a reminder to call a hardware shop and Assist providing the phone number and store hours, or adding a map to a restaurant reservation confirmation email.

Lastly there is snoozing. With Inbox you can snooze both emails and reminders, setting them to either remind you at a specific time or when you get to a specific location (say, home or work). This last feature is somewhat reminiscent of the Mailbox app by Dropbox.

Inbox is currently in invite only mode, so while you can download it from Google Play, you probably won’t be able to use it. Run the app and after a short while you will get a invite with the follow email  by sending a message to inbox@google.com, you’ll just have to wait for Google/Gmail getting back to you. Since that one little thing is holding a everyone back, who has dent the invite, it’s hard to give any impressions on actually using Inbox, but it’s something we’re looking forward to, and we expect it’ll see integration with the standard Gmail app soon enough. So check out the video below and let us know what you think.

Source: Gmail

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini