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Smart Reply Feature Coming to Gmail App

May 17, 2017

If you have the Gmail app on your Android device, you might be interested in knowing that Smart Reply is soon coming to the Gmail app. Smart Reply is basically an artificial intelligence that Google made, which will respond to your emails for you. The artificial intelligence will learn how you type, which means the more you use it the more tailored to you it will become. If you use the Gmail app, read on to learn more about the Smart Reply feature.

Smart Reply Coming to Gmail Mobile Apps

It was announced during the 2017 Google I/O Developers Conference that Smart Reply is coming to the Gmail mobile app. It will be available on both iOS and Android according to CEO Sundar Pichai. Smart Reply will essentially scan your incoming emails and messages, and then will suggest various replies based on what is being said or asked. Smart Reply is a machine learning tool which works as a normal artificial intelligence would. You can use the Smart Reply that is suggested to you or you can change the Smart Reply to add more details and information.

Smart Reply uses neural networks, which are all trained in the skill of taking your messages in Gmail and analyzing them. The Smart Reply ends up converting your messages into various numerical codes, with the numerical codes symbolizing the meaning of the message. If you are a little lost at what we are talking about, think of saying Hi and Hey and it translating into 120 and 121, meaning similar messages will translate into similar numerical codes.

The system will offer you various replies automatically based on that numerical code. With Smart Reply, there are a number of options available to you to send as basically a quick reply. Google said that this numerical coding system is a lot quicker and easier to tailor to specific messages.

More About Smart Reply

The Smart Reply feature has already been available on the Web version of Gmail since 2015. It has since gone on to being used in Allo and Android Wear products. This feature will first begin hitting Gmail on Android in English. You can expect that within a few weeks there will be a Spanish version, and then more languages will follow after that. The more you use the feature, the better it will get at learning how you speak and your methods of communicating.

If you do not use “Thank You” but you use “Thanks” the Smart Reply feature will notice this and begin using “Thanks” instead of the complete format. If you are someone who short hands a lot of email and messages, the feature will pick up on that as well. This is cool because it will not just be standard replies for everyone as it will learn how you speak and begin to offer suggestions just how you would actually say them. Google said that the personalization used with the Smart Reply feature will not leave your device. Google also said that your communications are not ever read by humans.

You will notice Smart Reply at the bottom of the Gmail app screen, and you can choose to send as suggested or edit the suggested message to your liking. You also can just choose to tack on more information to the Smart Reply at the end of the message, if more context is needed for what you are saying.

The feature has only improved in the years since it was first made available, although it still does mess up every once in a while. Typically, when this feature messes up the translation, it ends up being funny and not something that is horrible. If you use this feature, you should definitely read back what the Smart Reply says, just to make sure that the reply matches what you would say. This is especially true in the beginning when the system is just learning your own mannerisms and how you would speak.

If you would like to try out the new feature, you can head to Google Play and update Gmail to the latest version. This is also available on iOS so make sure you have the latest version on Apple’s App Store to ensure you get this new feature. Even if the feature is not available quite yet, it should be coming in the next week or two, so make sure you have automatic updates turned on so you do not miss this new and exciting Gmail app addition.