Latest Inbox update improves email snoozing

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Google’s Inbox email client is already pretty smart. For example, one of the most recent updates added reminder suggestions based on the content of your email. The app is about a year old and for a good while it used an invite-only system which of course, allowed access to a limited number of users, but also made it more alluring (think “the forbidden fruit”).

The latest update improves a rather handy feature Inbox is offering, specifically the ability to snooze emails.  Before this, the app allowed us to snooze emails for a certain amount of time. The feature now also uses the context of your emails – specifically for received messages that contain dates and times like restaurant reservations and package tracking updates.

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In the case of such emails, Inbox lets you snooze the emails to the right time – for a hotel reservation you can set the email to show up at the top of your inbox an hour before check-in.

Not any email can be snoozed this way though. Google says the feature works for most of the following email types:

  • Package tracking updates
  • Restaurant and event reservations
  • Calendar invites
  • Flight confirmations
  • Hotel reservations
  • Rental car reservations

You’ll still be able to snooze the rest of the emails, but without the context-based option so you’ll have to manually set the day and time for them. The update is made available as a gradual roll-out, so expect to be able to get it over the next few days, if you don’t see it yet in the Play Store.

The context-based email snoozing options may seem like an insignificant feature, but it’s useful nonetheless. A collection of such features is what makes Inbox by Gmail a fresh alternative to the traditional email client.

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