Over ten years ago, Google first launched Gmail as a private beta. In the decade since, the service has gone public, spread to mobile devices, and changed the way many of us access our messages. Recent improvements to Gmail like categories have endeavored to help keep email relevant as we get more and more of it, and keeping on top of the important bits becomes increasingly difficult. Rather than continue to push Gmail further away from its roots, Google’s taking a fresh start and introducing a new service designed to merge email with all the modern conveniences: Inbox by Gmail.
Like Gmail was initially, Inbox is starting out as an invite-only service. But what is Inbox, anyway? Well, that’s a tricky question, and it’s a bit of a mash-up between traditional email, a social wall, and a personal assistant: think Gmail, marinated in Google Now, with a pinch of Google+. It will extract relevant details from lengthy emails, showing you the data you most need, keep conversations grouped together in meaningful ways, and set notifications for personal to-dos.
If you’re interested in trying it out, you can send an email to [email protected] to register, and get on the list for invites. Once you get the tap, apps are available for both Android and iOS.
Will Inbox prove to be the next big hit for messaging? It’s far too soon to say, but we can’t wait to give it a spin for ourselves.