Signatures and improved delete options on the way to Inbox by Gmail


The Inbox by Gmail app was an attempt by Google to start re-thinking the traditional mail client and how users maintain control over their incoming email. Despite a lot of positive buzz at launch, users quickly discovered several limitations and sizable numbers went back to the Gmail client. New information shows the development team is working on at least a couple of the more critical issues that troubled users.

In a thread on Google+ regarding reasons for users not making the jump to Inbox by Gmail, the development jumped in with their official account to comment,

“We’re working on both Signatures and Delete. Pin and Snooze are both designed to replace mark as unread.”

The lack of signatures to be used when composing email messages is a big problem for users, especially for anyone using Gmail for a business or organization. Adding a signature feature will be welcome relief for all the users looking for that.

Another big gripe has been the difficulty in deleting email, especially bulk deletes. Making this function easier will probably help entice lots of users to give Inbox by Gmail another look.

Sources have noted that based on the response from the development team, a traditional “mark as unread” feature will not be available. Instead, users will be expected to use either Pin or Snooze if they are going to want to revisit an email later.

Would you consider trying Inbox by Gmail or taking another look at it with these changes?

source: MobileSyrup

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • LuiGi

    Yes, yes and yes.

  • Sharon Dudley

    The delete interests me. I would try it again.

  • When they get signatures, I’ll consider using it for my business account again. Right now, that’s a deal-breaker. I’m using it for my personal email, though, and love it.

  • ade

    why take away “mark as unread”? – something else that people have been used to for years, taken away for no apparent reason and then having to re-learn/re-think the basics of useability!