2014 has brought with it many interesting things in the tech world. We now have Lollipop (kinda) and we have a wealth of new flagship devices not forgetting also a variety of smartwatch and other wearables. However one of the most memorable aspects of 2014 (at least for me) is the notion of ‘invites’. Last year, invites were not really a big deal but that all changed when OnePlus came along and annoyed literally the entire planet with their One Plus One invite system. In short if you wanted to buy a flagship device at half the cost of the competitors you had to be invited. How to get an invite, win one or from someone who has the device.
Just when its seemed invites were finally coming to a close and OnePlus were starting to roll-out somewhat of a normal device release along came Google and brought them back. Thanks Google. This time, the invites were for their new and mysterious email client dubbed Inbox by Gmail. Like the One Plus One those who wanted an invite had to either be directly invited by Google or by someone who was already using Inbox. This again opened the floodgates on social media sites with an almost continuous influx of users asking and begging for invites.
Well, listen up and listen good. Today is the day. it finally seems Google is ready to open Inbox to the masses and in doing so will begin the major roll out with a Happy Hour. A tweet sent out a short while ago from Inbox by Gmail’s official twitter account is advising that today for one hour anyone who requests an invite will get one. No more games, no more waiting. If you email email@example.com between 3pm and 4pm (PT) then by 5 pm (PT) you will have an invite to use Inbox. Just to make sure it is clear that’s 3-4pm PT which is 6-7pm ET and 11pm-12am GMT. So if you have been waiting for an invite then get ready. Who will be requesting one? Who is already using Inbox? What’s better, Inbox or Gmail? Let us know.