. Long Life Inbox! From April 2, Google's loved email inbox is no longer. Inbox took another approach to managing email by breaking out emails in different categories rather than a long list, and it is a shame that it is gone. Before you gnash your teeth in disappointment, we bring you other apps to fill the gap.
You can also use the Gmail app– and to be fair, Google has done a respectable job of folding inbox features into the main Gmail app over the last few months ̵
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Coinciding with the sunset of the Inbox, Spark is now available on Android. Previously, Spark was only available on iOS and Mac. Sparks are free to download and use, with the option of a prize plan that includes some unique features.
Spark works with a sound list of email providers including Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, Outlook, Kerio Connect and IMAP email accounts. You can add more than one account to the app and view your emails in a single view or view each account on your own.
What makes Spark so appealing is its smart inbox feature, which separates emails into personal, message, and newsletter categories. There is also a classic view for those who prefer a chronological list of emails.
Spark also includes the ability to schedule when an email is sent, snooze received emails to clean up the inbox root, incorporate your calendars for quick access to your schedule and PIN messages to be processed.
Business users can join Spark's premium service and use the Spark's Teams feature. Teams can comment on emails, delegate emails to other members, or compose emails along with a common Google Docs-like feature.
Download Spark for Android, iOS or Mac.
Spike is a relatively new email app that works on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac (download is on the same page as the Windows version) and in any web browser.
Spike's e-mail approach allows you to hide the traditional inbox and organize contacts based on contacts – similar to a chat app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. The chat feature tries to remove all unnecessary formatting and signatures from the emails body and present only what you need to read in a chat-like layout. If you would rather have your inbox organized via email thread, there is also the option.
Other notable features offered by Spike are encrypted emails (both users need Spike for this feature), calendar integration, advanced search, and file management.
Spike works with Gmail, Outlook, Exchange, iCloud, Yahoo and IMAP email providers.
With a free personal account, you can create groups with your colleagues, classmates or family members to work on a project or plan a trip together. Spike's Groups feature essentially creates a chat room for members to chat. Personal Spike users can use up to 10 group chat rooms, while premium users get unlimited chat rooms.
The chat aspect of Spike is an interesting tag on email and one that will definitely take some getting used to.
Let's be honest, nothing will never really replace Inbox, but nevertheless Spark and Spike are legitimate alternatives. And with both apps offering their core features for free, you have nothing to lose by giving a try. Who knows you can be happy The inbox is gone.
Originally published April 2 10:44 PM on PT.