It's been nearly a year and a half since our beloved Google Inbox service made its way into the virtual beyond — and I don't know about you, but I'm still mourning its absence.Sure, you can kinda-sorta recreate some of its features within Gmail, including its time-based delivery system for certain types of messages. You can even bring a minimalist, Inbox-inspired approach into Gmail's interface, thanks to the ongoing work of one of the app's original creators and designers.To read this article in full, please click here
Google has dozens of popular hardware and software products. But there are many Google innovations that have crashed and burned, or slowly petered out over time, like Google Glass and Google Plus. Google has killed off a few major products over the last few years, including Inbox by Gmail and Allo, yet another Google-made messaging app.  The latest casualty is Google Play Music, Google's music library and streaming service.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google is known for its collection of wildly popular products, from Search to Maps to Android. But not everything the company touches turns to gold. Google Glass was supposed to change the world, but it quickly became a punch line. And remember Google Buzz? Now, Google has killed off yet another app, Google Play Music. The music service app never gained the popularity of its competitors, Spotify and Apple Music, and Google will shut it down for good this year.  Of course, sometimes the best innovations are the ones that everybody thinks are doomed to fail early on but then eventually take off, so it makes sense that Google has had its fair share of misses over the years. Still, we highlighted some of the major products that have ended up in the Google graveyard. (There are plenty more, however: an avid coder named Cody Ogden created a website listing all the products Google has ditched over the years. Ogden's site, Killed by Google, lists over 200 now-defunct products.) Here's a look at 21 of Google's biggest misses.Google Answers was the first project Google worked on and started as an idea from Larry Page. Answers lasted for more than four years but stopped accepting questions in 2006. Source: Google Lively, Google's virtual worlds, lasted a little over a year. Google said it created Lively because it "wanted users to be able to interact with their friends and express themselves online in new ways," but it just didn't catch on. Lively was shut down in 2008. Source: Google Google first unveiled Glass in dramatic fashion in 2012, but the device never made it to the masses. Glass came with a high price tag, software issues, potential privacy problems, and it generally looked too nerdy. Google ended consumer sales of Glass in January 2015, but it continues to sell the device to businesses and is working on a new version. Source: Business Insider Google Buzz was a social-networking service that was integrated into Gmail, but it was plagued with problematic privacy issues and never caught on. The company announced in October 2011 it would shut down the service to focus on Google+ instead. Source: Google The Google Play edition Android phone was introduced in the spring of 2014. But by January 2015, they were listed as "no longer available for sale" and a Galaxy S5 edition of the phone never materialized, despite leaked photos appearing online. Source: Ars Technica Google Wave was designed to let people message each other and edit documents together, but users were confused by it and it quickly flopped. Wave lasted about a year before it was killed in August 2010. Source: Business Insider Google Video was Google's own video-streaming service, launched before the company bought YouTube in 2006. Google Video stopped accepting new uploads in 2009, but Video and Youtube coexisted until August 2012 when Google shut down Video for good. Source: TechCrunch Google's Nexus Q, a streaming media player that was designed to connect all home devices, was unveiled with great fanfare at the company's 2012 developer conference. Reviews of the $299 Q in tech blogs were brutal, and Google shelved the product before it ever went for sale to the public. Source: 9to5Google Google X, an alternative interface for the search engine, lasted exactly one day before Google pulled the plug. A strange tribute to Mac OS X's dock, the site said: "Roses are red. Violets are blue. OS X rocks. Homage to you." Google X was quickly taken offline on March 16, 2005, and today the name has been repurposed as Google's research division. Source: MacWorld Originally intended to give people access to health and wellness information, Google Health was closed for good in January 2012 after Google observed the service was "not having the broad impact that we hoped it would." Source: Google Google Reader was a news-reading app that let users pull in stories from blogs or news sites. Google announced it was shutting down Reader in March 2013 — much to users' dismay and outrage — and it was officially killed in July 2013. Source: Business Insider Google Catalogs, an interactive shopping program that digitized catalogs, was shut down in 2015. Google shuttered the mobile version of Catalogs in 2013 and shut down the desktop version two years later. Source: PMG Google Hangouts On Air — Google's live-streaming service — is moving to YouTube Live beginning September 2016. The service was originally created in 2012 when live streaming was catching on and was once used by President Obama and Pope Francis. Source: The Verge Dodgeball, a service that let users check in at locations, was purchased by Google in 2005. Its founders, which included Dennis Crowley, left Google seemingly on bad terms in 2007 and Crowley went on to build a very similar service, Foursquare, two years later. Source: Venture Beat iGoogle, a personalized homepage, was shut down in 2013. Created in 2005, iGoogle allowed users to customize their homepage with widgets. Google said iGoogle wasn't needed as much anymore since apps could run on Chrome and Android. Source: Google Orkut was once a popular social-networking service that grew out of a Googler's "20% time" project. The site was more popular abroad than it was in the US and Google decided to kill it in September 2014. Source: Business Insider Google Notebook was a precursor to Google Docs and was a place to copy and paste URLs or write notes that could be shared or published. Google stopped development on Notebook in 2009 and officially shut it down in July 2012, transferring all data from Notebook to Google Docs. Source: Google Google Plus was intended to be Google's social-networking service. But Google decided to shutter it after a software glitch caused Google to expose the personal profile data of hundreds of thousands of Google Plus users. The software glitch came to light this past spring, but managers there chose not to go public with the information, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal Here's what Google had to say about the demise of Google Plus: "[W]hile our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds." Allo was Google's smart messaging app. But it never gained "the level of traction" Google was hoping for. Allo was announced at the company's developer conference in May 2016. It was intended to be a smart messaging app that had Google Assistant built in for things like surfacing restaurant recommendations or supplying facts in real time.  But after lackluster adoption, the company said in April 2018 it would be "pausing investment" on the app. "The product as a whole has not achieved the level of traction that we'd hoped for," Anil Sabharwal, vice president of product at Google, told The Verge at the time. Google shut down Allo for good in March 2019. Inbox by Gmail was intended to be a new take on email, aimed at making it more efficient and organized. The app bundled together emails about the same topic, highlighted the most important details from a message, and gave the user the option to set reminders or snooze a message. But Google started adding many of those features to Gmail proper, and announced in 2018 it would shut Inbox down at the end of March 2019.  Google Play Music was intended to compete with Spotify and came pre-installed on Android devices. Google launched its music service in 2011 as a competitor to iTunes. Over time, Google added streaming and rebranded the service to Google Play Music. But it never took off in the way that Spotify and Apple Music did, and Google began to sunset the product in favor of YouTube Music.  Beginning this September, Google Play Music will begin shutting down and will stop working for good in October. 
The launch of Google Stadia is right around the corner, and Google will be launching the service with little in the way of competition.At the moment, Sony is really the only major player in the streaming space with its PlayStation Now service, but Stadia certainly sounds much more ambitious.Over the past several months, Google has trickle released information about Stadia and what users can expect, and now that we’re just about a week out from release, I can confidently say that Stadia is not the service for me (at least not at the start).Will Google just let it flounder for a few years before it either kills the service entirely or rebrands it into something new and tries again?When you add in things like the Stadia controller’s limited wireless functionality at launch, it just seems like Stadia is being rushed to market before all of the pieces are in place.Again, I don’t think that’s what your potential customers should be thinking when you’re acting as a trailblazer in a space that’s still very young – they should be chomping at the bit to try out what you have to offer, and as more has come out about Stadia and its limitations at launch, that anticipation has certainly died down for me.
TLDR: Darwin Mail automatically sorts, stores and helps keep your email box tidy, all for just $29.99.At some point next year, experts estimate the number of emails sent around the world each day will surge past 300 billion.And some days, you probably feel like at least half of them are landing square in your email box with a resounding thud.Since your daily email haul is all but guaranteed to continue growing, you need tools to help make sure the important stuff doesn’t get lost in the digital avalanche.Well, Darwin Mail is your virtual shovel.You can score a lifetime subscription to Darwin Mail’s Pro Lite Plan at over 80 percent off its regular price, only $29.99 from TNW Deals.
Google Inbox was, for many, the Marie Kondo of Gmail -- an organizational tool unlike any other, and indispensable to the Gmail experience.Alas, Google pulled the plug on Inbox back in April, leaving many to wax poetic about the beloved mail client.Good news: Darwin Mail aims to fill those big Inbox shoes, at least for desktop Gmail (mobile apps are in the works).For a limited time, Cheapskate readers can get a Darwin Mail Pro Lite lifetime subscription for $25.50 after applying promo code CNETDARWIN15 at checkout.But the developer distinguishes between Lite and Pro only by how you normally pay for a subscription: $3 per month for Pro Lite, $25 annually for Pro Plus.Those features include bundles, reminders, bulk actions and templates.
Inboxes are beasts, overflowing mountains of frustration – and in my opinion, a real buzzkill when it comes to productivity, sucking up hours out of our days, weeks, and months.I’ve put together a few simple steps that will help you achieve email nirvana – you can thank me later.I’m by no means saying you should be enslaved to your Inbox but you should seek to deal with every inbound email soon after it first arrives.If it requires a simple reply that can be done and sent relatively quickly, do it (and don’t forget to make the most of Gmail’s already formulated responses).I can’t speak for other services but Google’s Inbox app has a native snooze function specifically designed to help you do this.Stick to a maximum of five sentences, including your greeting and sign off.
Me, when losing Google Inbox: "Well, at least I still have Google Trips"
Google is betting big on ecommerce with the latest update to its search engine.The company is unveiling a redesigned personalized Google Shopping experience, along with introducing the idea of a universal shopping cart across its platform of services, including Search, Shopping, Images and even YouTube.You can now discover and compare products from various parts of the Google platform through shopping ads, then choose to purchase them instantly using your Google account.“With this new experience, we’re merging the best of Google Express with Google Shopping,” the company said in a blog post.By unifying the shopping experience, the move also aims to target rivals like Pinterest and Instagram, whose photo-based social platforms become increasingly popular among customers as a means to purchase products online.In a separate development, Google also said it’s combining all its travel-related offerings – the mobile Google Trips app, Google hotels search and Google Flights – under one hood called Trips.
But if you stick with the apps Apple and Google have given you, then you’re missing out on a whole world of quality third-party alternatives.We’re going to avoid anything by Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft here, as well as the major players like Snapchat and Spotify and Netflix, which you’re probably already familiar with.Since then it’s expanded to become a more comprehensive weather forecasting tool, but Dark Sky is still at its best when it’s warning you to take the umbrella out with you for a walk, or telling you exactly when the rain is going to stop.The detailed animated radar maps showing how the weather is moving are worth the price of admission alone.The only downside is the meagre 2GB of storage space you get for free—to make the most of Dropbox you really need to be paying your £9 a month to get up to 1TB of room.As a paying customer you get offline access to files, 30 days of version history, remote device wiping, and automatic uploading for the photos and videos you take on your smartphone.
Our reviewers were very impressed with its camera, which topples even the Pixel 3’s low-light photography in our direct comparison.Speaking of Pixel devices, we revisited our Pixel 3 review for 2019, and reported that the Pixel 2 and 2 XL are no longer being sold.On the more affordable side, we reviewed the Moto G7 and Moto G7 Power, which are fantastic budget devices.What wasn’t a joke was the death of yet another Google service, Inbox.We put together a list of alternatives to Inbox for those of you still using it, including a promising service called Spark.There are also ominous signs that Google Play Music may be next up on the chopping block.
One employee purportedly offered a solution before leaving in 2016, but the proposal was rejected.YouTube announced earlier this year that it would adopt a solution that seems similar to the rejected proposal.One of the biggest problems with YouTube in recent years has been the prevalence of toxic videos, covering conspiracy theories, and other misinformation.The problem has been that the video-sharing website has even recommended these high-engagement videos to its users, despite the questionable, false, or incendiary content.Unfortunately, these employees were told not to “rock the boat.” The outlet interviewed over 20 former and current staffers, painting a picture of a company that apparently refused to act for fear of rerducing engagement numbers.Read: Inbox by Gmail is dead, but you can bring back its looks with this Chrome extension
Google Inbox, the much-loved, experimental email client launched by the search giant in 2014 is officially dead and I am officially heartbroken.Google announced Inbox's time was up on Sept. 12, 2018, writing in a blog post the company was shutting it down and "planning to focus solely on Gmail."When Sarah Mitroff reviewed Inbox in October 2014, she laid all manner of compliments on the app: "Visually appealing", "equal parts colorful, clean and cheerful" and "fresh".As I've finally been forced to switch over, there's a hole in my heart.Inbox's clever bundling system was the best thing to ever happen to me, a nearly 30-year-old unmarried man with zero children in a stable, loving relationship.Finding details about a trip home took seconds in Inbox, a one-click process that returned my booking, accommodation, the car I'd hired and any tours I'd booked while I was away.
Google Inbox, the much-loved, experimental email client launched by the search giant in 2014 is officially dead and I am officially heartbroken.Google announced Inbox's time was up on Sept. 12, 2018, writing in a blog post the company was shutting it down and "planning to focus solely on Gmail."When Sarah Mitroff reviewed Inbox in October 2014, she laid all manner of compliments on the app: "Visually appealing", "equal parts colorful, clean and cheerful" and "fresh".As I've finally been forced to switch over, there's a hole in my heart.Inbox's clever bundling system was the best thing to ever happen to me, a nearly 30-year-old unmarried man with zero children in a stable, loving relationship.Finding details about a trip home took seconds in Inbox, a one-click process that returned my booking, accommodation, the car I'd hired and any tours I'd booked while I was away.
Following a serious data breach last year in which the personal information of 500,000 users was exposed, Google will finally shutdown its failed social network today after eight years of struggling to gain market share.Google+ first launched back in 2011 as a way for the search giant to better compete against the likes of Facebook and Twitter.The platform was initially invite-only before being opened up to the public later in the year.Google's social network had many of the same features as its rivals including the ability to post photos and status updates on individual feeds.However, users failed to embrace its “Circles” concept as well as its “Plus One” button.From the get go, Google+ made things difficult for potential users by implementing a strict real-name policy.
With Inbox by Gmail officially resting in peace, mourners have a small glimmer of hope in the form of a new Chrome extension that Computerworld spotted earlier today.Appropriately called Inbox Theme by Gmail, the free extension helps you pretend that Inbox is still alive.The good news is that it’s very easy to get the extension up and running.Click here to check out the Inbox Theme for Gmail extension, then click the Add to Chrome button on the right.Click Add extension when the prompt shows up and either open Gmail in a separate tab or refresh Gmail on a current tab.You should then see something like this:
Google’s email app, Inbox, (along with Google+) has gone to that great Google trashcan in the sky, but there are a number of apps out there that are eager to fill the gap, such as Spark, June.ai, and Spike.The Verge’s Chaim Gartenberg is enthusiastic about Spark, which recently added an Android app, so I thought I’d take a look at Spike, once known as Hop.Spike is available as a web app and as a macOS, Windows, iOS, or Android app.All of the other information (except the message, of course) remains hidden.By tapping on a single email, I could instantly look at, say, several months’ worth of fundraising pleas from a single organization, hit the icon for trash, and immediately send the whole bunch packing.Besides those three organizational categories, Spike automatically classifies emails as either “priority” or “other,” making it easy to pay attention to the important stuff and check out the less vital emails later.
It's only April, and 2019 has already been an absolutely brutal year for Google's product portfolio.Later this year, Google Hangouts "Classic" will start to wind down, and somehow also scheduled for 2019 is Google Music's "migration" to YouTube Music, with the Google service being put on death row sometime afterward.Some of these product shutdowns have transition plans, and some of them (like Google+) represent Google completely abandoning a user base.What matters is that every single one of these actions has a negative consequence for Google's brand, and the near-constant stream of shutdown announcements makes Google seem more unstable and untrustworthy than it has ever been.For a while there has been a subset of people concerned about Google's privacy and antitrust issues, but now Google is eroding trust that its existing customers have in the company.If you buy a Chromecast or Google Home, you need to know the servers and ecosystems they depend on will continue to work, so they don't turn into fancy paperweights tomorrow.
Google is pulling the plug on its failed Google+ social network, intended as a competitor to Facebook and Twitter, after it uncovered a data breach on the platform last year.The closure is part of a broader spring-clean that sees the company doing away with services including a popular inbox organising app and its URL shortening service.Google launched Google+ in 2011 as its fourth attempt at a social network, and aggressively pushed the service, integrating it with Gmail and from 2013 forcing YouTube users to use it to post comments on videos.Those wishing to review apps on Google Play were also obliged at one point to sign up for a Google+ account.But users found the interface confusing and the network used some unpopular policies, such as a strict “real name” rule that shut down accounts of those who used pseudonyms.After Google+ founder Vic Gundotra left the company in 2014, Google began to separate the network from other services, running sucessful features such as Hangouts and Photos as standalone tools.
The death of Inbox by Gmail is a particularly hard one to swallow for fans of Google’s alternative email service.We’ve got you covered with a look at the best Google Inbox alternatives on Android.The Gmail team has been hard at work porting features from the alternative client to their own app.Unfortunately, we still have to wait for the likes of email bundling and pinning.It was a big surprise when Newton Email was resurrected earlier this year, as new parent company Essential shut the app down in 2018.Thankfully, the subscription-based service is back, and you're getting plenty of bang for your buck.
We are gathered here today to lay to rest Google Inbox.The team came up with a lot of new ideas, but radically reworking the Gmail UI would open a can of worms apparently nobody on the Gmail team really wanted to touch.(I mean, have you seen the reaction to the comparatively minor Gmail redesign?)For instance, you can constantly scan for any emails from Facebook and send them to spam.Enter Google Inbox, with the new concept of "Bundles"—basically filters and labels that Google writes for you.Smart Labels were the first swing at automatic labels with only three categories ("Bulk," "Notification," and "Forum") but as a Gmail Lab feature that you had to dig for, adoption was most likely limited.
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