Following last week’s announcement, here’s an early look at generative AI in Gmail for Android, where Google will likely begin testing with a limited feature set.
About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” post, we have decompiled the latest version of an application uploaded by Google to the Play Store. When we decompile these files (called APKs, in the case of Android apps), we see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Note that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. We’ll try to run the near-finished ones, though, to show you what they’ll look like once they ship. With that in mind, read on.
With the latest version of Gmail (2023.03.05.515729449), we enabled the “Help me write” FAB on the emailing screen. This button features a wand icon with sparkles that is really different from the pencil/pen version shown last week.
Tapping the button will open a text box where you can “Tell Gmail what to write for you.” If your prompt is too short, Gmail will tell you to “Continue writing to create a preview.” When complete, tap “Create.” That’s the extent of what we can enable right now.
Meanwhile, Gmail is also working on a “Refine my message” capability. If you’ve already written something in the body of the email, you can tap that FAB to have Google enhance or clarify it. You’ll be able to enter that creation or build another using “View another.” You can also thumbs up/down what is generated.
Last week, Google demonstrated the ability to Formalize, Elaborate, Shorten, and Bulletize text. You’ll also have the ability to do something more unique with “I’m feeling lucky” or “Write a draft.” We now see Gmail actively working on each of these features.
From what we’ve enabled, it looks like Google is starting “Help me write” and “Refine my message” in Gmail.
Gmail and Docs will be the first Workspace apps to add generative AI, and Google plans to roll them out to “trusted testers continuously throughout the year.”
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Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.
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