Google has been talking up its focus on artificial intelligence at its I/O 2018 keynote today and one of the first new features that it announced was Smart Compose in Gmail. The feature follows up on Smart Reply in Gmail that was introduced last year. That feature surfaced appropriate responses to emails that users could shoot off with just one tap. Smart Compose takes it one step further by actually predicting what they want to type as they’re drafting the email.
Smart Compose will allow Gmail users to quickly draft emails by predicting the greeting and closing as well as common phrases in between. It actually suggests complete sentences in emails and users just have to press tab if they want to use the suggested phrase.
The feature thus saves a lot of time for users, particularly those who send a lot of emails on a daily basis as it also helps to cut back on repetitive writing. The feature even serves up relevant contextual phrases such as “Have a great weekend!” if you’re emailing someone on a Friday.
Google says that Smart Compose in Gmail will be available in the new Gmail user interface for users in the coming weeks.