Today’s rant is about Google.

Google is killing off Inbox, one of the best apps they’ve ever made. Google insists that they’ve taken the “best” on Inbox and incorporated it into the regular Gmail app. The auto-prediction of text is nice. BUT one of the things I LOVE Google Inbox for is its integration of mail and reminders. (Tasks apparently are a different thing so they shall not be named.)

All at one glance—in one app—I can view my email and the things I need to do for the day or anything that is overdue. That feature was not incorporated into the regular Gmail app. It’s like Google decided that reminders weren’t a worthwhile feature so they’re relegating it only to their horrible and cumbersome Google Calendar app.

Google has killed so many popular and useful programs—Google Reader and now Inbox coming to mind. HOWEVER, they seem to want to retain the socially deceased Google+, which should have gone the way of the Dodo several years ago.

Google has a history of axing features that users like but could be incorporated into other things to generate revenue. Don’t think that some of the features and programs Google has “sunset” might not have brought in a pretty penny if there were a premium charge. (I, for one, would pay quite a bit to have my Reader dashboard back.) I’d also like the option of PAYING to keep Inbox going so I don’t have to revert to the crappy Gmail app that doesn’t have the features I currently LOVE in Inbox.

So that’s my rant. So many Google programs, so few lovely features that stick around. I suppose all good things must come to an end. (I hope that doesn’t mean my Gmail account one day.) #soapboxSaturday