As it stands, searching in Gmail uses the search bar and you type in the subject name or the person’s email or keywords, and that’s pretty much it. However, with search chips, users will be able to further refine their searches by excluding things like chat, the sent date, whether or not it has an attachment, and so on.
Users will also be able to filter out less important emails such as calendar updates, and so on, and hopefully this will help users find what they’re looking for faster. According to Google, “We’ve heard from our users that searching in Gmail could be faster and more intuitive. With search chips, you can easily refine your search results and find what you’re looking for faster, without needing to sort through irrelevant returns or use search operators.”
Google notes that the new search chip feature is already being rolled out as we speak, but it could take up to 15 days before it reaches all users.