In what appears to be a bit strange, Google has begun to redirect its Gmail users to its experimental Inbox service. Users are reporting a pop-up message that reads, “Thanks for trying Inbox! To make it easier we’ve updated Gmail to redirect you here”, followed by two buttons, ‘Turn it off’ or ‘OK’. While it still seems like an option for now, the implementation itself could mean that Google’s Gmail may have reached its end of life as a service.
After being experimented and tested for more than a year, it now seems that Google Inbox is now ready for showtime. The problem is that not everyone may be a fan of the new service that automates a lot of tasks (like bundling emails); features that were intended to make your email experience a lot easier, according to Google.
Inbox clearly is the evolution of Gmail, it is smarter and many have termed it as the ‘future of email’. Still then, not everybody wants such levels of automation, for those who do not need it, Gmail should be readily available as optional interface. For now Google is not forcing users to migrate as you still have an option to opt out, but we could see Google pushing for it in the near future as it happened with the Google Photos service.
Another issue with many users would indeed be the Inbox app on iOS, which is built keeping in mind Google’s Material Design guidelines and presents a similar UI when compared to its desktop counterpart. Not everyone is a fan of the same and many still use the standard (now ignored) Gmail iOS app, which has not seen a major update since March 2015.
Oddly, Microsoft’s Outlook seems like a better choice for many thanks to better design and integration, one that is familiar with iOS 9’s design guidelines. On the bright side, Google ‘s Inbox app does play well with the rest of its iOS offerings (Calendar, Maps etc.), so it is a plus point for those who are hooked up to Google’s services. Back in the Android camp, Google’s Gmail seems to have plenty of well integrated app options.