Following last week’s announcement, here’s an early look at generative AI in Gmail for Android. Google may start testing with a limited feature set.
About APK Insights: For this “APK Insights” post, I’ve decompiled the latest version of the application that Google has uploaded to the Play Store. Decompiling these files (called APKs for Android apps) reveals various lines of code that hint at possible future features. Note that Google may or may not ship these features, and Google’s interpretation of what they are may be incomplete. However, we’ll be able to show you what it might look like if it ships as it’s nearing completion.
In the latest version of Gmail (2023.03.05.515729449), enabled “Help me write” FAB in compose screen. The button features a glowing wand icon, which is actually different from the pencil/pen version that was revealed last week.
Tapping the button opens a text box where you can “tell Gmail what to write”. If the prompt is too short, Gmail will tell you to “Keep writing to create a preview.” Tap Create when you’re done. That’s the extent of what we can do at this point.
Meanwhile, Gmail is also working on a “filter messages” feature. If you’ve already written something in the email body, you can tap the FAB to have Google improve or clarify it. You can insert that work or generate another with “Show Another”. You can also up/down rate the generated ones.
Last week, Google showed off the ability to format, refine, shorten, and list text. You can also just “get lucky” or “write a draft” to generate something more exotic. Today we confirmed that Gmail is actively working on each of these features.
From what we’ve enabled, Google seems to be starting with just ‘help me write’ and ‘filter messages’ in Gmail.
Gmail and Docs are the first workspace apps to add generative AI, and Google plans to roll them out to “testers on a rolling basis throughout the year.”
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Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.
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