Hello everyone, our dear readers, users and old-timers of the best mobile portal Treshbox.ru. More than a week ago, Google, or rather the Gmail mail client development team, officially introduced the rethinking of email and a completely new vision of this useful service - the new Inbox by Gmail application for the Android operating system. Today, having tested and used the new product a few days after the long-awaited receipt of the invitation, I present you with a detailed review. Read all the fun under the cut !
Google will soon release a new version of the proprietary mobile operating system Android, which, I recall, will be held on November 3, began to release "clones" of its own services. Let me remind you that it all started with the Hangouts messenger, which, starting with Android 4.4 KitKat, played the role of the main application for SMS and MMS. In Android 5.0 Lollipop, it will be replaced by a new product called Google Messenger - a new service created exclusively for sending and receiving text and multimedia messages.
A similar situation occurred with the Gmail mail client, which so far has not received the long-awaited update with support for the new Material Design user interface. Google decided to give users a choice, and for this reason a new creation was born - the Inbox application from the Gmail team. The goal of Inbox by Gmail is to clean up your inbox, and the new product does an excellent job with the basics laid down in the Mailbox service a year ago.
I'll start, perhaps, with the most important thing. Installing a new Inbox by Gmail client is not easy. In order to gain access to the installation and further use, the user must send an email asking them to send an invitation to a special address [email protected] After waiting a day, three days, or perhaps a whole week, like me, you will receive a response letter, where there will be two buttons for choosing your operating system - Android or iOS. As mentioned earlier, I received an invite after about a week, so the review turned out to be belated.
So, the first thing that immediately catches the eye of the user when opening Inbox by Gmail for the first time is the application displays the main content of your emails. For example, I received a letter from the Gmail team congratulating you on using Inbox and an embedded video. The main convenience is that if the letter has such attached media files, they will be displayed immediately, and you don’t even have to open it. The same situation is in the case of important information: if you made purchases on Google Play, for example, then without opening an email you can view the data in the form of the amount and purchased goods. It is really convenient.
The second convenient thing is a system for filtering emails by category. Yes, you can find the same functionality in the Gmail application, but in Inbox its implementation is wider. Google’s new email client automatically sorts emails into categories (both custom and custom), based on the content using tricky algorithms. The standard list of grouped inboxes is as follows: "Travel", "Shopping", "Finance", "Social Networks", "Alerts", "Forums" and "Promotions". Accordingly, letters on various subjects will be sorted by topic - you do not need to do anything, and this is cool.
The third convenient feature is support for gesture control like the Mailbox application: if you “swipe” the letter to the right, it will be marked as read, and if to the left it will be postponed for an indefinite time, which can later be configured. Important letters that you wish to return to later can be “fixed”. Thus, they will be located in a separate folder and not confuse the user. I’ll also note that the function of archiving letters, which is in Gmail, is not available in Inbox. The user can either delete the letter or mark it “completed”. Of the other useful innovations, it’s worth mentioning the binding of a letter reminder according to geolocation data. For example, if I come to work, Inbox will immediately provide the letters I need.
All of the above definitely at first glance seems like trash for a simple email client, but this functionality was created so that your favorite mailbox always looks neat and pristine, and the user himself never forgets about his tasks. Inbox by Gmail, as you already know, is more than just mail. The new application, in addition to the standard functionality of the mail client, is also a versatile task manager. Inbox combines the functions of Google Now, Google Keep and Gmail - three in one. Isn't that what you need?
The user interface, which complies with all the standards of Google’s new and modern design language, called Material Design, is also worthy of praise - it covers both applications for Android and iOS operating systems, as well as the official web version. Wherever you use Inbox, absolutely everywhere it will delight your eyes. By the way, the web version integrates Hangouts messenger chat, notifications from the social network Google+ and a proprietary Google application launch pad.
As I said earlier, in the web version ( inbox.google.com ) the user interface is made in exactly the same style - Material Design. In terms of functionality, as you might have guessed, the web version is no different either. I’m glad that you don’t have to get used to the possible different designs, because they are not here, as well as the availability of a search function both in the Android application and in the web version - it’s convenient to enter some user data or letters and literally in an instant get everything you need information. For example, I entered “Alexander Bobylev” in the search box and I was given the results of the letters I found from this user. You can see the same thing with the developer of the VKontakte client Lynt - Daniel Ward - the last sent letters and some important information are displayed.
Familiar Google app launcher
Integrated Hangouts Chat
Beautiful menu for writing a new letter
Search letters from Alexander Bobylev
Find emails from Daniel Ward
Incomprehensible situation and results
Undoubtedly, the new Inbox application from the Gmail team is not only an email client, but also a really powerful, multifunctional and convenient mobile tool for creating reminders, setting tasks and actively maintaining an email lifestyle. This is precisely the problem with Inbox - an application that is so complex in a sense is not suitable for all users. Rather, the application is mainly aimed at the business segment, as the average user is unlikely to need all these feature-rich features. Well, and most importantly - the invite system. Google, as you can see, wants to promote the new service as seriously as possible, but access by invitation only spoils the whole picture in oil.
It is currently difficult to say whether the new email client and the so-called re-interpretation of email, called Inbox by Gmail, will be popular. It is possible that the search giant will decide to close it in a year or two because of the likely becoming non-proliferation. On the one hand, the service is new, cool and sophisticated, on the other hand, the guys from the Gmail development team tried to make Inbox as convenient, simple and logical as possible. Inbox will surely appeal to geeks like me, but the success of the new product depends on whether ordinary mortals will accept it, and these are usually people who do not want to delve into anything or understand even simple nuances.