Google's Inbox Starts Suggesting Unsubscribing From Lists

Google's Inbox recently started suggesting unsubscribing from certain mailing lists that have a poor track record of capturing your attention, Android Police reported earlier this week, citing several users who encountered the new feature. The functionality comes in the form of a Tips card that appears on the top of the app's main interface on both Android and desktops, providing you with a simple method of quickly unsubscribing from a particular list that Google's service concluded you aren't finding particularly useful. The vanilla version of the feature appears to be relatively straightforward as it only targets mailing lists whose emails you haven't opened in at least a month.

Suggestions to unsubscribe from such lists are said to appear sporadically and you won't be overwhelmed with numerous notification cards at once even if you're subscribed to countless lists that failed to get you to open a single email in the last month. However, you're still able to tap through all suggestions in one go if you have the time to do so. If you aren't keen on following the app's advice, you're able to close the Tips card by tapping its "No Thanks" button, though it's currently unclear whether such a move permanently whitelists an address. According to initial reports, the newly introduced feature started rolling out earlier this month, with some users who already encountered it saying they first saw it in the last ten days. Unsubscription suggestions are likely rolling out with a server-side switch but it's currently unclear whether they're already available on a global level. Testing whether you're able to benefit from the feature may also not be easy if you're already free of spam, especially since the functionality only appears to encompass emails it labels as automated "Promos."

The newly introduced system is yet another step in Google's endeavor to establish Inbox as the most intelligent email client on the market, with the service already offering what's essentially a much more automated and personalized version of Gmail. The app didn't receive any major upgrades in recent months but Google is regularly debuting performance improvements and bug fixes, having rolled out its latest Inbox update earlier today.

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