Saying goodbye to Google Inbox

Reminders

Recurring reminders

It seems you’ll still see the reminders in Google Calendar. I’ve done some tests and you can set them and you’ll get them in your phone when as they happen.
The main issue is you can not snooze them for later, tomorrow or whenever, like you could with Inbox.

Screenshot of Android phone with a Google Calendar reminder notification

No Add Reminder widget

With Google Inbox you could have a widget in your phone’s homescreen to directly open the New Reminder dialogue. Now it’s 1 extra tap away by first long pressing the Google Calendar app and then tapping to New Reminder.

Screenshot of Android phone when long pressing the Google Calendar app

No more time shortcuts

With Google Inbox you could set 3 time shortcuts. I had 8:00, 13:00 and 18:00.

By doing so you could quickly snooze or set reminders for those times. Now I have to do 2 more clicks, one to set the hour and other for the minutes.

Pending reminders

Those that you simply swiped, or forgot to take care, are carried over to the following day. You can see them opening the Google Calendar app and looking at the current day. I didn’t know it had these feature until I saw 16 unattended reminders from passed days.

Gmail comes into play

It’s not that bad. Now that you can customize the swipe left and right to do what you want, it’s pretty handy.

The whole email bundling not as nice perhaps but you can customize if you want just a single primary inbox or the category separation. I’m a die hard fan of a single primary inbox, so I’ll stick with that.

Conclusion

I’m not happy with the change. I can live with it, sure, but in the end it requires me to do more clicks and it has worse UI overall.

Could this be fixed?

Yes! I think Google just need to iterate a little on the UX to fix the current weaknesses.

Will they do it? That’s a different topic.

Ricard Torres

What do you think?

About Ricard

Senior Front-end Software Engineer from Barcelona, Haidong Gumdo Instructor (korean martial art of the sword), street photographer, travel lover and TV addict.

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