Email may no longer find itself on the top of the list of ways you reach out to communicate with someone online, but even as it sees its star fade a little, it’s still the backbone of the internet’s communication infrastructure. As a result, it’s no surprise how protective we can be of our email addresses, and losing access to an account or being forced to change our address can feel a bit like losing our identity – not to mention creating a major logistical headache in the process. If that’s left you hesitant to check out the options from some other email providers out there, Google’s got good news for you, and today it announces a “Gmailify” feature for its Gmail Android app, bringing some of Gmail’s best features to users of competing email services.
Gmail already let Yahoo and Outlook users access their mail from directly within the Gmail app, and even see messages from multiple accounts all in one inbox.
Gmailify takes that one step further, and beyond just offering users access to such account, it also starts implementing Gmail features like spam protection and Google Now integration on those non-Gmail accounts. You can even organize those inboxes with the same categories you’d have with a standard Gmail address.
We don’t know if Gmailify will be enough to convince Yahoo and Outlook users to give up their native apps, but we can definitely see the appeal here – especially with that Google Now card support. And if you end up deciding that Gmailify just isn’t for you, you can always leave it behind without causing any harm to your original account. You can give it a try for yourself with the new Gmail 5.11 app, headed out now.