If you have been using Inbox, you most likely are head-over-heels with the “smart reply” feature. Unlike those seen in other apps, Google’s A.I.-backed automated replies are often smarter and function with a much deeper context. Freshly announced at Google’s I/O event, Gmail appears to be getting the same feature.

I have an ongoing love-hate relationship with Gmail. To be sure, it is one of the most robust email clients all-around, and to be even more sure, one of the most convenient in terms of ubiquity. There are features I don’t like, but I always find myself coming back to it. Announcements of such time-saving features reel me forward, close to finally settling with it as my permanent client.

The “smart replies” work, according to Android Authority, with Google “[analyzing] your emails and generate three eloquent replies for you to choose from. These quick answers will adapt to any received message, so the given options will be different (and related to each topic) every single time. And even when you do need to expand your reply, the pre-selected text will give you a head start on your email.  This should allow the conversation to flow easier most of the time.”

The roll-out of the “smart reply” feature is expected to hit “later this week.”


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