Google updates Gmail for Android with Smart Reply

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Google’s popular email app for Android is getting smarter as it now features Smart Reply. The email app becomes the latest Google-owned service to be integrated with its machine learning technology. Also, available in Inbox email app as well as Allo, the feature has now been extended to both iOS and Android.

Sundar Pichai onstage, Google CEO made the announcement today at this year’s Google I/O Conference. Smart Reply, according to The Verge, scans the text of an inbound message, and suggests three basic responses that you can fine-tune and send to your contact.

English speaking users of the app on both iOS and Android will have access to the new feature immediately, while Spanish speaking users will have their turn in the next couple of weeks.

How does Smart Reply work? The feature works by using Google’s powerful neural networks that have been trained to examine messages and convert them into numerical codes that represent their exact meaning. Smart Reply according to Google, will adapt to your verbal foibles over time.

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Greg Bullock, Software Engineer, Google provided a little insight:

“Smart Reply utilizes machine learning to give you better responses the more you use it. So if you’re more of a “thanks!” than a “thanks.” person, we’ll suggest the response that’s, well, more you!”

Recall that Smart Reply is one of the major attractions of Allo, a chat app launched by Google in 2016. The Allo Smart Reply feature can assist you in those moments when you feel uninspired to respond to a chat. With a single tap, Smart Reply on Allo throws up some suggested text and emoji responses based on your type of personality. For example: “it learns if you’re more of a “haha” or “lol” person so the more you use Google Allo, the more “you” the suggestions become.”

Perhaps, the biggest of them all is the Google Assistant or Artificial Assistant or AI; a feature that made its grand entry into Allo last year. The feature enables you to get help without leaving the conversation. The feature can suggest a nearby restaurant or “movies to check out” as Google puts it. The idea behind adding this feature is to help you get answers even without leaving the app. You can get different answers, including directions just by adding @google.

Last March, Google added one of the most important features in the history of the email service. Adding ability to stream video attachment will not only encourage more people to use Google’s number one email service, it will turn your inbox into something highly entertaining. Soon, you will be able to use your Gmail account to stream video attachment, even if you don’t wish to download it.

With that update, it is easier for video sent as attachment to be played directly in your browser. It means you can save valuable time, and not have to download video attachment before you can watch them. Whenever you open a video attachment, a thumbnail of the video will also be displayed with an option to stream it directly on your browser.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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