Google Inbox rises from the ashes through Shortwave: an identical client developed by ex-Google workers

It’s been three years since Google Inbox disappeared from our lives. The email client that came to give lessons on how an email application should work was loved by many, even after all the news that came to Gmail inspired by Inbox itself. However, all is not yet lost. And it is that some ex-workers of Google have created Shortwave, a client practically identical to Inbox.

The startup has developed a client with all the popular Google Inbox features. It is a layer that will go on top of Gmail, so we will still need our Google account to access this new proposal.

Shortwave is the return of Inbox


Among the notable returning features is email categorization, automatically marking our emails as ‘updates’, ‘promotions’, ‘social’, and more. In addition, mails are also ordered by year.

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Another much-loved feature that is back in Shortwave is marking multiple emails as read with just one click. The categories in Shortwave are on a single page, so it will be more comfortable for us to delete the elements that we do not want.

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Shortwave focuses on productivity, and this can be clearly seen when entering its interface for the first time, since everything we need is clearly and well differentiated on a single page . On one side we have the categories and our contacts, while on the right side we find the inbox. The search engine located at the top is also quite powerful, since we can access our searches very quickly. In addition, we also have a very easy way to silence notifications if we click on the icon of our profile.

To install Shortwave, we have several options. First of all, we can access via the web through our Google account. It will ask us for certain permissions that we must accept to synchronize our Gmail account, and once granted, we can start enjoying Shortwave. On the other hand, we can download your PWA client through a Chromium-based browser.

Shortwave also has a version for mobile devices, although the native experience is currently only available on iOS. Android users can sign up for the beta through this link, although the app for this system is still in an early stage of development.