Google Inc. has launched an email service intended as an alternative to its Gmail application.
Simply called Inbox, the new service promises to provide a more user-friendly way of organizing emails and displaying information such as appointments, flight bookings and package deliveries, Reuters reported.
The technology giant has sent out invitations to selected Gmail users to try out the new service. Users can also email the company at [email protected] to get an invitation.
The new service is being provided alongside Gmail, which was launched in 2004. It will be available on the web as well as on Android smartphones and iPhones, the report said.
“Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters,” the company said in a blog post.
Google said Inbox displays real-time updates to emails — for example, showing the delivery status of items bought online.
It also provides reminders so that users can more easily keep track of chores and appointments.
The new application also enhances Gmail features that allow users to view purchases and bank account statements grouped together, the company said.
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