Google made a couple of big headlines this week as it shuttered two of its services – Google+ and Inbox by Gmail. While Google+ is now completely inaccessible, Inbox by Gmail is still there working on iOS and web but not on Android. It will soon be vanishing from the other two platforms as well. However, there is still a simple trick which can allow one to continue using the Inbox by Gmail application on Android smartphones.
As found by some users on Reddit, the Inbox by Gmail app can be used on an Android handset only if you don’t update the app and run the older version. So how can you do that? It’s simple. Download the APK version of the app from APK Mirror, install it and turn off Google Play’s auto app updates option.
One Reddit user has also mentioned that the app might not work all the time even after you disable the auto update feature. But still, there’s a solution to it. “I’ve found what’s up. The app works for as long as the Play store doesn’t establish connection with it. As soon as it gets assigned to the Play store it’ll try to auto-update and the app stops working, so one has to uninstall it and reinstall the apk file,” stated the Reddit user.
But if you are done with Inbox by Gmail and want a change, you can now install Spark email app, which was exclusive to iOS devices and has now finally reached Android. Spark is considered to be one of the best email apps on iOS. The USP of the app is that users can customise it as per their needs. The app offers gesture-based UI, Smart Inbox feature and also the functionality to customise the sidebar.