Google has a new email app and it aims to help you manage your messages by surfacing important information and allowing you more control over your to-do list. It’s called Inbox and it is available through an invite-only system for now. In a blog post announcing Inbox on Wednesday, Google said the first round of invitations are on the way but those interested can request an invite through email at [email protected]
At first glance, Inbox seems to meld some of Google Now’s intelligence with the existing Gmail app. Similar messages are grouped together, for example, although you can also choose which messages to bundle. The app can also save time by turning messages into a to-do list of sorts, complete with customizable reminders and snoozing.
The Assists feature sounds Google-esque as well, providing helpful information to items in the Inbox:
And speaking of to-do’s, Inbox helps you cross those off your list by providing Assists—handy pieces of information you may need to get the job done. 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.
It’s too early to say since I haven’t used the app, but it appears that Inbox brings more smarts to the same-old mobile email clients we’ve been using for years. There have been some great twists on mobile email for sure from third-parties. With its vast information store from user data, however, few can offer what Google does.