How would you like your own personal assistant to screen all your emails for you? This "secretary" of sorts would scan through your emails and summarize them in brief snippets. These snippets would include pictures, relevant details like flight times, addresses and phone numbers, and important links.
Your cool email assistant would even collect all the junk mail and bundle it up for you to dismiss with just a wave. Or you could just snooze an email if you want to get back to it later. OK, I think you get it. This personal assistant is a computer program, not a person.
Inbox is the name of a new Gmail app for Android, iOS and the Chrome Web browser. It isn't designed to replace Gmail, but it looks like it will make your Gmail experience much faster and more convenient, too. Check out this video:
Inbox has the ability to really streamline your Gmail account and anticipate your needs. If it's anything like Google Now, the Siri-esque personal assistant app, it will be really smart and won't make too many mistakes guessing what you need. But do you really want Google's fingers digging around every email in your inbox?
If you have Gmail, that's already happening. Every email you send and receive goes through Google's servers, where it's parsed by computer algorithms. That's how Gmail's popular Tabs system works, how Google targets ads to earn money, and how Google is so very good at knowing what you're thinking.
Right now, Inbox is available on an invitation-only basis. If you've been invited already, congratulations! You can invite your friends to try it out. Or if you want to get an invite as soon as more become available, send an email to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.