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You can now pretend you're working thanks to email scheduling in Gmail

Gmail's Smart Compose has also gained four new languages and support for Android at large.

Published onApril 1, 2019

Email scheduling in Gmail on smartphones.
  • Google has celebrated Gmail’s 15th anniversary by bringing email scheduling to the platform.
  • Smart Compose is also making its way to Android and iOS, after being a Pixel-exclusive feature.
  • Google confirmed that Smart Compose is now available in four new languages as well.

Believe it or not, but Gmail was first announced 15 years ago on April 1, 2004. It was pretty revolutionary for the time thanks to its massive 1GB storage limit for each user.

Now, Google has marked the 15th anniversary of its email service by announcing that email scheduling is coming to the platform. You simply need to open a draft or create a new message, then tap the three dot menu > Schedule send on your smartphone. From here, you can choose several suggested times or customize your own sending time (as seen in the featured image). So if you don’t want to interrupt someone’s weekend or want to pretend you’re hard at work at 2AM, this seems like a handy addition.

Smart compose in Gmail for Android.

The company has also confirmed that Smart Compose is now available in French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Furthermore, it’s coming to Android phones at large as well as iOS, having been a Pixel-exclusive feature at first.

Google also revealed another Smart Compose-related tweak, as it said that the feature will now personalize suggestions. An example given by the Mountain View company is if you prefer to say “Ahoy” in your greetings, instead of “hello” or “hi,” you can set that up. Additionally, Gmail will now suggest a subject line based on the email you’re writing.

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These changes come a few days after Google announced that its AMP tech is coming to Gmail. This so-called dynamic emails feature will allow users to conduct complex tasks within an email rather than visiting a website, such as filling out forms and responding to events.

The features also come a day before Google is apparently due to shut down its Inbox app. Users have reportedly received notifications from the search giant, warning them that Inbox will close on April 2, and directing them to use Gmail instead.

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