Gmail for iOS now supports sending money with Google Pay & snoozing emails

Doug Carpenter
May 9, 2018

At Google's annual I/O developer conference today (May 8), the company outlined how artificial intelligence will continue to drive innovation, including some new features coming to Google products you may already be using. Smart Compose builds on a feature Gmail introduced past year called Smart Reply, which is created to speed up response time when you're replying to messages. Google Photos will recognize the presence of those friends in pictures, and automatically suggest that the user shares those pictures with those specific contacts.

Smart Compose operates in the background, letting you accept its suggestions or ignore them, so you don't need to change the way you now compose drafts. "Because it operates in the background, you can write an email like you normally would, and Smart Compose will offer suggestions as you type". If you think a suggestion can be used, press Tab to use it. Smart Compose just pops up a couple grayed out suggestions as you type, and you don't even have to interact with them if you don't want to. "For example, if it's Friday it may suggest "Have a great weekend!" as a closing phrase". Google's adding some AI-powered capabilities, too, in the form of Smart Compose.

Smart Compose is more like the predictive text on your smartphone.

As part of a software update that went live ahead of Tuesday's Google I/O event, the Gmail app for iOS now allows users to send or request money from other people when drafting an email. Smart Compose is available for consumers over the next few weeks and for G Suite customers in the coming months. To check if you've got access, you'll first need to enable the new Gmail.

Click the box to Enable experimental access.

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