Now Gmail users can schedule when they send emails, choose from suggested subject lines and even get some tips for drafting messages in Spanish.
This isn’t an April Fools’ joke — the Alphabet-owned
email service is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Monday by rolling out some new features designed to get its 1.5 billion users to “email smarter” by spending less time composing messages.
Google claims its A.I.-powered “Smart Compose” predictive text feature, which makes suggestions for the rest of a word or phrase to save effort in writing messages, has already saved people from typing more than 1 billion characters each week (or enough to fill 1,000 copies of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy). Now it’s expanded those capabilities to subject lines and languages besides English. A Google rep told MarketWatch that prompts will pop up in the app and while composing messages, to guide users to take advantage of the new options.
These are the Gmail features that will begin rolling out on April 1:
Scheduled send: Get an email off of your to-do list after business hours, on weekends or when the recipient is out of office — but without interrupting their downtime. Now you can write an email as you normally would (or while it’s on your mind), but schedule it to be sent once the recipient is back on the clock. It’s also helpful for sending emails at targeted times across time zones.
Suggested subject line: Gmail’s “Smart Compose” feature will be extended to suggest subject lines based on the email that you’ve written. If it prompts you with a suggestion that you like, just hit your tab key to accept it.
Smart Compose personalization: Gmail’s suggested text will now offer greetings and phrases that “sound more like you,” according to the press release. For example, if you often write “Hey Pav” over the more formal “Hi Pavel” in your emails, you’ll start getting “Hey Pav” as suggested personalized greetings when you start typing a greeting.
Smart Compose on mobile: The predictive text will also become available on the mobile app, so you can get contextual suggestions — for addresses, as well — as you type on the go. Swipe right to accept the suggestions.
Smart Compose in four new languages: Soon you can also get predictive text and suggested phrases in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
Dynamic email: Rather than getting “kicked out” of your inbox to another browser tab to learn more or get things done, dynamic email lets you take actions directly in emails. For example, you can: respond to a comment thread in Google Docs; browse hotel recommendations and travel deals; submit an RSVP and schedule an appointment; or fill out a questionnaire right from the email message.