May 29th, 2013

Google has just announced a new inbox experience for Gmail that will help users sort through and organize their digital mailroom even more. Gmail accounts will now feature up to five built-in “groups” presented as tags, and you can have certain email go to these groups to help keep everything nice and neat.

For instance, a “social” tab might group every single email you get that is related to Google+, Twitter, Facebook and more. “Promotions” will collect those spammy deals emails that retailers send you because you were too lazy to uncheck the “send me offers” button.

Users have some degree of control over this, with the ability to set email coming from specific addresses to always land in one of the various tabs. You’ll be able to drag and drop emails between tabs, too, just in case Google doesn’t get it right. Emails similar to ones you star, emails sent directly to you by people, and more will automatically show up in the default inbox, as always.

Of course, Google isn’t forcing this glorified labeling system on folks. If you prefer to handle email in your own way you can stick with the classic view just as you always have. The changes will be rolling out for Gmail on desktop and mobile web, as well as the Gmail app for Android (sorry, folks — Ice Cream Sandwich or higher). Take a look at the video above to get a look for yourself.

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[via Google]