Google has introduced a new app to the world called Inbox, and it aims to improve your email experience. Inbox includes important new features for organization like a bundling format for emails of a similar type. Bundles are a more refined version of the Gmail categories that we saw last year. They take emails that are akin to each other and place them together in their own area. For example, Inbox could group all of your bills into one bundle, making it easier to find them. This feature also learns from you, by noticing how you group things manually and changing to group them in the same way
Inbox also has a focus on a feature called Highlights. Highlights will select important pieces from an email, such as photos, flight bookings or package tracking, and show them to you right in the main feed of your inbox so that you can know what the main portion of the email is without even opening it. Further than that, Highlights can also source information from the web that pertains to your email such as the status of a flight or where your package is currently at.
The final set of features in Inbox helps you to better manage all your tasks. Inbox can set reminders for things to do, both based on things in your email and other things that you may need to do. It will then help you follow through on those things with Assists, which are handy pieces of information designed to help you complete the tasks in your Reminders. These could include a phone number and open hours or even navigation to a place that you need to get to.
Inbox is a new way of dealing with all of our tasks and messages, and it looks like it could be very helpful. Google is currently testing Inbox with select users but you can have a chance to get in on the action as well. Just email [email protected] and you’ll be added to a list of people to get an invitation once more become available. Inbox is currently a stand-alone app, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it integrated into Gmail in the future.