Among the many announcements at Google I/O yesterday, there was one that may have slipped by: Gmail and its new Smart Compose feature. Rolling out to all Gmail customers in the coming weeks, Smart Compose uses Artificial Intelligence to look at the content of your message as well as your writing style to provide suggested text for your email. This is way beyond auto completing of words. Smart Compose can provide complete sentences which can be put into your email with a single tap of the spacebar.
Smart Compose helps save you time by cutting back on repetitive writing, while reducing the chance of spelling and grammatical errors. It can even suggest relevant contextual phrases. For example, if it’s Friday it may suggest “Have a great weekend!” as a closing phrase.
This another great example of how Google is leveraging AI to complete time consuming but basic tasks in our day-to-day lives.
When the feature does roll out, it will only be on the web version of Gmail initially and will only be in the recently released new experience for the mail service. Like other cloud-side changes, this will simply start working on your account when it reaches it and you will not it has when you start getting suggested compositions of your email. There is nothing more for you to do other than make sure you are using the new experience (which is awesome).
For business customers of the service, you will have to wait a bit longer. Google said it would be coming in a few months but there was no clear timeline provided.