As Google continues to add more features and cute designs to Gmail, the world’s largest email service will no doubt remain the favorite of many users. Fresh from overhauling Gmail only a couple of days ago, Google again announced that it is adding a smart compose feature to the service.
Google made the announcement at the ongoing Google I/O conference. The smart compose feature is almost like the smart reply feature the company added to its email app a while ago. The smart compose feature will help users compose and send email faster.
The new feature, which is still being rolled out to users, works by trying to understand typed text so that AI can suggest words and phrases to complete your sentences. You can add any of the suggested texts you like to the mail you are composing by hitting the tab to have it pasted to the message.
The smart compose feature, according to Google, saves you time by reducing repetitive writing as well as the possibility of spelling or grammatical errors. It is not that different from predictive text when sending messages via your messaging app.
To enable the smart compose feature right away [not for G Suite users], simply go to the general tab in Settings, and check the “experimental access” box. The smart reply is currently only available for users that have enabled the new Gmail. To enable the new Gmail, you can read our earlier article here.
Below are some of the new features recently added to Gmail by Google:
Email snoozing: This is one feature that is gaining a lot of attention these days—a lot of email services are now adopting. Not to be undone by others, email snoozing has now been integrated into Gmail. For now, email snoozing is only available on Gmail on the web. Perhaps, we could yet see this feature added to the Gmail app in no-distant future.
Confidential mode: This new feature allows you to set an expiration date for all your sensitive email. What that means is that the email can be revoked at the expiration of a set date. This works by sending a link instead of the confidential email directly to the recipient. The sent link leaves your mailbox from where the recipient is able to access it via his Gmail account or another email service. The sender is always in charge of how long the recipient gets to access the message—it’s all about putting a time-limit on the access granted to the other party.
Two-factor authentication: Still under the confidential mode, Google has added a two-factor authentication feature. The feature allows the sender to request the receiver to authenticate with a passcode received via text message before access to the email is granted. This will now be the norm for all confidential emails you send.
High-priority notifications [Gmail app]: The Gmail app was not left out as Google today unveiled high-priority notifications. To those already familiar with Inbox, this feature uses Google’s artificial intelligence to choose which email you will want to accord greater priority and the one you want to read later.