The same people that created GMail have just launched a new app called “Invite.” The standalone app aims to make organizing your inbox easier by providing you with ways to sort, snooze, and send emails that isn’t confusing and doesn’t waste additional time.
Inbox lets users organize emails into groups that are called “bundles.” If you get a lot of bills via email, for example, you can quickly bundle those emails into one group, so that they are no longer sitting in your inbox (you can do this for any emails that belong in the same bundle). Inbox also shows users highlights of certain emails, so you can quickly see things like meeting times and other important notes quickly.
The other key feature that Inbox shares with the app Mailbox is the ability to “snooze” emails. If there’s an email that you don’t want to deal with right now, you can hit the snooze button and it will go away until a later time (it won’t show up in your inbox until the snooze period is over, and then the hidden email will pop up once again, so that you don’t completely forget about it.
Gmail Still Exists
Even though Inbox was created by the same developers that crafted Gmail, and it works with Gmail, this is a completely separate app. The developers behind both apps wanted to provide Gmail users with the Gmail app that’s still really popular while also giving people the option to use Inbox. Inbox is really a much better sorting app, but if you do download Inbox rest assured that your old Gmail app will still be there when you need it.
At the moment, the Inbox app is invite-only, but the app should be available to any iOS or Android user within the next few weeks. Testers are enjoying the app for its ease of use, and the app proves to be one item that many of us could really use. The idea here is to make sorting all of those emails that we all get simpler, and that’s something that most of us could use more of.
Inbox does have some competition from Mailbox, which was purchased recently by Dropbox. Mailbox works along the same lines as Inbox, but the two promise to be slightly different. If you currently use Mailbox, you may want to check out what Inbox offers when it arrives, so that the two can be compared. As stated above, Inbox is invite-only at the moment, so you are going to have to wait a few weeks to see what the real differences between the two are.
I’ve yet to come across an email organizing app that I really love, but maybe Inbox will be unique. Clearly, there’s a need for apps of this kind that do help people organize and sift through emails clearly and carefully, but I’m not certain that a standalone app is the way to go when it comes to fixing the email problem.