Last week Google announced that they were rolling out a new, more efficient inbox that automatically categorizes emails into five different boxes: forums, promotions, primary, updates and social. They’re pretty self explanatory but to read a bit more about them go to the post I wrote last Wednesday, which includes a video breakdown.
Now it would seem that the very same updated is being mirrored in the Gmail Android app. However, before you get too excited, the app update seems to be on a slow roll out schedule. Nevertheless, you can most likely activate the feature in Desktop Gmail (only) by logging into your account, clicking the Cog (settings button) in the top right corner, and selecting the feature. I did this on May 31st in my personal account, but was unable to select the same feature in my Google Apps account.
In what little experience I’ve had with Google’s Gmail Smart Inbox, I can’t say it’s stellar. It’s already misappropriated some of my emails into the wrong box. That being said, it’ll take some time before the Smart Inbox gets it right, as it likely has a learning component based on behavior.