Just this morning, Android Police published a rumor about “Project Bigtop,” a new email app project from Google, and like clockwork, the Google team announced this new app less than an hour later.
“An inbox that works for you”
Inbox is the name of Google’s new app, and it’s a new way to handle all of your emails. The Gmail team says in their introduction video that “We love email,” but really we all know how much of a pain email is. This app should help us out with some of our email problems.
Much like many newer email clients such as Mailbox, the main goal is to get to “inbox zero.” This magical state of being is when there are no emails in your inbox, and you’ve either taken care of all of your emails or snoozed them for later. Taking this a step further, the Gmail team has
ditched improved upon the slightly controversial tabs idea they released a while back and are now going with a “bundles” metaphor. These bundles are intelligently made by the app and group together groups of emails that it thinks should be together. This allows for group actions like archiving and snoozing. Furthermore, you can even teach the app which emails should be together.
While Bundles are like tabs, Highlights are something new altogether, but not entirely foreign. Highlights will show you the important information in an email, like an event in the email, but they take it further to incorporate some of our favorite Google Now cards into the Highlight, giving us real-time updates on package deliveries and flight times. This kind of web integration is also seen in the new Reminders section.
Yes, that’s right, another Tasks/Keep alternative has been added into Inbox, and these reminders will show up in Google Now. But they take it a step further. The official Google blog gives a few good examples:
“For example, if you write a Reminder to call the hardware store, Inbox will supply the store’s phone number and tell you if it’s open. Assists work for your email, too. If you make a restaurant reservation online, Inbox adds a map to your confirmation email. Book a flight online, and Inbox gives a link to check-in.”
That sounds like the To-Do list that I’ve always wanted.
And naturally, Inbox will be flaunting a nice Material Design look with cards, a floating action button, and awesome animations.
Inbox will be available on Android, iOS, and web, but for now it’s invite only. You can send them an email at email@example.com, but they said they will send out more invites when they become available, and who knows when that will be.
Source: The Official Google Blog