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Gmail's new 'Inbox' will help you better manage your reminders, emails, and more

Gmail's trying something new, something that is a rather fundamental change to the Gmail experience, and it's called 'Inbox'. The new app for iOS introduces a number of new features that aim to make it easier to manage the every-increasing flow of email we see every day, including bundling similar emails, highlighting important info, and making it easier to add reminders from your inbox.

So a bit more on those 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. And 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 the App Store (opens in new tab), you might not be able to use it. But you can request an invitation by sending a message to inbox@google.com. Since that one little thing is holding a bunch of us back, it's hard to give any impressions on actualy 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 above and let us know what you think — is Inbox the solution to dealing with email overload?

Source: Gmail

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

23 Comments
  • I'll give it a try for sure. The Gmail app is woefully lacking and while Mailbox does a great job I'm still not 100% comfortable having my email accessed by a third-party.
  • yeah, I generally stick with a built in mail app. If it's Android or iOS, and leave it.. All these breaches because of 3rd party apps have made me think twice about anything 3rd party accessing any service that isn't something they 'own'...
  • I can't think of a good reason to give Google access to more of my private information Sent from the iMore App
  • Absolutely! Google's one and only motivation is to monitor/track/spy on users and sell their information to advertisers. That's their business model.
  • You must only be listening to how Tim Cook describes Google Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • Really? How do you think google makes money? You droid fanboys need to get a clue. Or ask google for one.
  • I'm getting so tired of hearing this same old rant. Google doesn't sell your information. They sell advertising space. They then tailor the advertising to the user, but they don't pass your data on to anyone else. Why would they? That's where they make the money.
  • Shh you're using too much logic for the Google haters. You're going to make their heads explode lol. Sent from the iMore App
  • and how do they get the information they use to tailor that advertising?
  • I'm not sure what you mean by the question.
  • Why would they sell your data to advertisers when their business model is selling ads?
  • Yeah...you're so interesting... Posted via the Android iMore App!
  • Solamar & ndirishfan1975 -> said it all. :)
  • Can anyone send me an invite please? songluo@gmail.com Sent from the iMore App
  • I just signed up for the invite the new app shouldn't be that much different from Gmail and Gmail is great Sent from the iMore App
  • How about just bringing back Push to the native app dammit! (And I mean for free) Sent from the iMore App
  • I don't know why Google continues to treat Google Apps customers as second class citizens. We actually pay for their service and get shafted every time something new comes out.
  • iOS users miss out on a lot of the Google/Google Now integration that Android has. Hopefully this will make that integration more accessible! Posted via the iMore App for Android
  • What integration? You mean having google track everything you say and do? I've used google now and find it nothing short of creepy. Aside from killing battery life, and taking away all your privacy, it does very little that's useful. No thanks. iOS has all the functionality of google now without the invasiveness.
  • Connor, if you love google so much go hang out in some android site and comment there. Why come to an apple site and try to talk up android. Nobody here cares. Sent from the iMore App
  • He was voicing a concern. Calm down, don't get your panties in a bunch because someone mentioned Google... Sent from the iMore App
  • The young don't understand. Sent from the iMore App
  • I'll try it out if given the chance but I don't see it becoming a permanent fixture in my daily life... Sent from the iMore App