Gmail for iOS Rolling Out ‘Smart Reply’ Quick Responses Powered by AI

Today is Google I/O, the tech giant’s developer conference. Part of today’s announcements include Gmail for iOS and Android gaining a new Smart Reply feature, which uses machine learning to help “give you better responses the more you use it,” explains Google in a blog post.

The Smart Reply feature is already available in Inbox by Gmail and Allo, and 12 percent of replies in the former are sent with these quick responses on mobile.

The feature will suggest three responses based on your email received:

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Once you tap on a reply, you can send your email right away, or edit your response after the Smart Reply text.

According to the Google Research Blog, which explains more on the technical aspects of how this will work, the company concludes:

So far we see that the system can find responses that are on point, without an overlap of keywords or even synonyms of keywords. More directly, we’re delighted when the system suggests results that show understanding and are helpful.

The key to this work is the confidence and trust people give us when they use the Smart Reply feature. As always, thank you for showing us the ways that work (and the ways that don’t!). With your help, we’ll do our best to keep learning.

Smart Reply is rolling out globally on iOS and Android for English users first, with support for Spanish next in the “coming weeks. I use Gmail a lot, so I’ll be looking forward to this update.

[via The Verge]

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