. Long live the Google inbox! Google's popular e-mail inbox today is gone. The fans loved it because email management took a different approach, as messages like Gmail were split into different categories instead of a long list. It's a real shame it's gone. However, before clenching your teeth in disappointment, we'll lead you to Spark and Spike, two other apps that could fill the void.
Before we get to these, we have another option. Thehas done a remarkable job of folding inbox functionality into the main Gmail application in recent months. So if you prefer not to use alternatives, you can stay in Googleland. You can also use the following two non-Google apps that offer Inbox-like flair with their own personal touches.
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Simultaneously with Inbox's sunset, Spark is now also available for Android. So far, Spark was only available for iOS and Mac. Spark can be downloaded and used for free with the option of a premium plan that includes some unique features.
Spark works with a flawless list of email providers, including Gmail, iCloud, Exchange, Outlook, Kerio Connect, and IMAP e-mail accounts. You can add more than one account to the app and view your emails in a single view or view each account individually.
What makes Spark so attractive is the Smart Inbox feature, which divides emails into the Personal, Notification, and Newsletter categories. There is also a classic view for those who prefer a chronological list of emails.
Spark also offers options for scheduling the sending of an e-mail, updating received e-mails to refresh the inbox, integrating your calendars for quick access to your schedule, and pin messages that need to be edited ,
Business users can sign up for Spark's premium service and use the Spark Team feature. Teams can comment on emails, delegate emails to other members, or put together emails with a 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 (the download is on the same page as the Windows version) and in any web browser.
Spike's e-mail approach allows you to drop the traditional inbox and organize messages based on contacts – similar to a chat app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. The chat feature attempts to remove all unnecessary formatting and signatures from the body of emails, displaying only what you need to read in a chat-like layout. If you prefer to organize your inbox by email, there is also an option.
Other important features of Spike are encrypted emails (both users must use Spike for this feature), calendar integration, advanced search, and file management.
Spike works with email providers Gmail, Outlook, Exchange, iCloud, Yahoo and IMAP.
With a free personal account, you can create groups with colleagues, classmates, or family members to work on a project or plan a trip together. Essentially, the Spike group feature creates a chat room where members can chat. Personal Spike users can use up to 10 group chat rooms while premium users receive unlimited chat rooms.
The chat aspect of Spike is an interesting version of email that will take some getting used to.
Let's be honest: Nothing will really replace the inbox, but Spark and Spike are still legitimate alternatives. Since both apps offer their core functions for free, you have nothing to lose. Who knows, maybe you're happy that the inbox has disappeared.