Inbox By Gmail: I/O 2015 Feature Tear Down

At the start of Google I/O 2015, the Inbox by Gmail team announced some very welcome new features. Some were implemented very well, some need a little work.  I have spent a great deal of time banging on these new features to find the holes. As a Top Contributor in the Gmail and Inbox Product Forums I have also begun to see a great deal of feedback and concerns with some of these features.

This post is my attempt to provide feedback as to what was done well and what needs some help. So lets get to it.

New Feature
What was done right
What needs work
Open sign-ups
  • Anyone with an or Google Apps account can now use Inbox without an invitation

  • Should no longer require activation on a mobile device
  • Open Inbox by Gmail to other domains, bring on the masses
  • Trips bundle
    • Grouping trip related emails has been executed beautifully
    • Imagery and quick at-a-glance info readily available at the right times

  • Add the ability to add emails to a Trips Bundle
  • Add ability to turn off Trips Bundle
  • Undo send
    • Not requiring a lab feature to be installed/turned on
    • Included in mobile

  • Add the ability to set pre-determined Undo time frames (5/10/15/30 seconds)
  • Suggested reminders in email
    • This feature is a great addition to the existing Assists that Inbox already had

  • I have not found any issues or lacking functionality in this new feature
  • Pinned main menu
    • Ability to hide the menu by clicking on the three horizontal lines on the top left

  • I have not found any issues or lacking functionality in this new feature
  • Updated Inbox Zero Graphic
    • Nice clean design
    • Add ability to have multiple options
    • Add the ability to have custom background
    Action when done with message
    • Easier delete functionality for users
    • Opt in or out
    • Defaulted to opt out
    • Provide clear warning to users when opting in that messages will be unrecoverable from trash after 30 days
    • Add sticky warning message in Trash bundle that messages will be removed automatically after 30 days
    • Allow different settings for different devices Done on phone versus Trash on desktop/web
    Keep Reminders in Inbox
    • Now all Google reminders can be seen in one location/program
    • Add ability to edit Keep reminders in Inbox
    • Add ability to not show Keep Reminders in Inbox*
    • Add ability to not show Now reminders in Inbox*
    • Increased notification time displayed on screen via settings toggle to 30 seconds
    • Add ability to choose predetermined time frames (5/10/15/30 seconds)
    • Welcome addition
    • Add ability for multiple signatures for different Send As accounts
    • Add HTML and Image capabilities
    • Add ability to use Web signature on Android, similar to how the iOs Gmail app functions
    • Add ability to not include signatures on replies

    *These are features that have been requested by users in the Forums and on social media. Not necessarily my requests.