Google's bid to reinvent the email client is still invite only (I have a couple invites to share), but it's now available on the iPad. The ad network announced on Thursday that it was rolling out a new version of its email client.
Inbox by Google offers a completely different interface from the usual Gmail client. First unveiled last October, the app offers a cleaner look and several new features, including the option to set a message to snooze and have it pop up later.
On the iPad, the app looks like this:
That's an improvement, but I'm not sold on the iPad app just yet.
The web interface, on the other hand, is quite appealing. It's now available in Chrome, FF, and Safari, and I've been playing with it for the past half hour.
It looks and behaves radically different from Gmail's other interface, but generally in good ways. The Inbox by Google web app fixes most of the parts of Gmail which I kept tripping over, including the way I accidentally delete, star, and move items without intending to.
Here's what it looks like in Chrome:
I'm planning to keep using Inbox by Google for the near future, but I can already tell that a lot of the work I put into organizing my inbox (filters and sorting, for example) is going to have to be reworked. Much of what I used to have to do manually is now automated.
You can find the apps in iTunes and Google Play. The website can be found at inbox.google.com, but you'll have to first get an invite and install one of the mobile apps before you'll be allowed to use the web interface.
To request an invite, send an email to email@example.com and Google will add you to the waiting list.
I also have 3 invites, in case anyone is interested.