Google made a number of numerous announcements at its annual developer conference I/O 2018, most of which focused on integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). The company is now integrating these new technologies into its existing services. One of the key announcements made at the I/O 2018 was “Smart Compose” for Gmail users.
Smart Compose is essentially an improved version of the company’s Smart Reply feature that delivers predictive text. Essentially, it predicts the text response and gives suggestions based on common phrases as you type. The feature is quite similar to LinkedIn and Facebook Messenger’s suggestive text responses, which use the same technique. Gmail’s Smart Compose, however, is aimed at delivering complete sentences – thereby helping users compose an entire email without breaking a sweat.
Smart Compose will be rolled out to all users in the next few weeks. If you can’t wait for the formal rollout, here’s how you can start using Gmail’s Smart Compose right away. Note that you will have to use Gmail’s newest version, which was rolled out recently, to get started. To do this, click on the settings tab and choose the first option:
- Try the new Gmail.
- After the new Gmail UI has loaded, click on the settings tab again and choose ‘settings’.
- Under the new general tab, click on the checkbox that says ‘Enable experimental access’. “Experimental features are pre-releases that you can turn on to test and share feedback about. You can opt into experimental features in your Gmail settings,” Google explains.
- After ticking the checkbox, scroll down to the bottom and hit ‘save changes’.
That’s it! Now, you have activated Gmail’s Smart Compose feature. Whenever you type an email from now on, Google will start delivering suggestions for your sentence. Note that the feature is still in its early stages, and is likely to see more improvements ahead of the formal rollout.
“Smart Compose is available in English. Smart Compose is not designed to provide answers and may not always predict factually correct information,” Google warns users. You can always opt out of the feature by simply going to back to settings > general > uncheck experimental access box.