With the upcoming redesign of Gmail, many Google Inbox users have been worrying that their favourite email client is about to go down the way of the dodo. And for good reasons – on one hand, Google is no stranger to phasing out services it deems unpopular, on the other, the revamped Gmail is getting many of the features that made Inbox stand out. So, is the end of the innovative email client near? According to Google, it's not going anywhere right now, but we wouldn't get our hopes up that it will be around forever.
Google commented on the matter for Computerworld
, saying that nothing is going to change right now:
"With respect to the upcoming Gmail announcement, there are no changes to Inbox by Gmail. It remains a great product for users with specific workflows and one in which we test innovative features for email."
So, Inbox users, no need to worry right now – the email client is obviously going to be around, for some time at least. However, Google is no stranger to giving ambiguous statements about the future of its products, so what it said about Inbox can be read in a number of ways.
Inbox was launched back in 2014, as an invite-only service initially. Since then, it's become popular among users who get tons of mail, as it intelligently sorts out the relevant mail from the irrelevant, but its user base is dwarfed when compared to Gmail's over a billion users.
Google seems deliberately ambiguous in its latest statement about the service, but we wouldn't rule out the possibility that the company may keep Inbox around as a testing ground of new features. Its user base is smaller, so interacting with it is easier, not to mention that its also made up of powerusers who can provide valuable feedback.
So, if you are a Google Inbox user, don't worry, your favourite email is not going anywhere... yet.