Messaging and communication apps are some of the best targets of Marshmallow's Direct Share API. Instead of first picking up an app to share something to and then selecting a target contact, if an app has implemented the functionality, your most frequently contacted people within it will appear at the top-level of the Share menu, above the different app icons. It's a faster and more streamlined experience that I personally love and use several times a day on WhatsApp.

Now Google's own Inbox app is implementing the same feature. Contacts you email often will, presumably, show up in the Share menu so you can quickly send stuff their way without having to choose Inbox first and then manually enter them as recipients of the email. I said "presumably" because the app has been updated on the Play Store with the changelog, but we haven't been able to see any Inbox contact in our Share menu on a couple of different devices and accounts.

It could have something to do with the vague way the feature is described: "people you email often may appear in the Android sharing options." Whether the feature is not live yet and waiting on a server-side switch or whether we're just not lucky enough to have it show up for us, I'm not sure.

WHAT'S NEW

• Direct sharing to frequent contacts - If you're on Android Marshmallow, people you email often may appear in the Android sharing options.
• Bug fixes and performance improvements

The update should be live in the Play Store already, but if you want to grab it manually, here it is on APK Mirror. If you start seeing Inbox among your Direct Share options, lets us know, and hopefully [email protected] is among your most frequent contacts so you can directly send us a screenshot too.

Inbox by Gmail
Inbox by Gmail
Developer: Google Inc.
Price: Free
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  • Adam Wright