I spoke with Gmail product manager Alex Gawley about its latest redesign:
Google says the latest version of the Gmail inbox represents its best current approach to sorting email. "What we think right now is the inbox we’re rolling out tomorrow is going to be the best default option for most users," Gawley said.
Still, none of the available options take what is arguably the most effective step in controlling your email: stopping it from entering your inbox in the first place. In recent years, services like OtherInbox and Unroll.me have created simple ways for Gmail users to roll up automated messages into a single daily email, leaving the inbox for messages from your actual contacts.
Google's solution for sorting endless notifications into tabs can make our inboxes more scannable. But for true inbox management, there’s still nothing as effective as clicking "unsubscribe."