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AI in Gmail will sift through emails, provide search summaries, send emails

Google’s Gemini AI often just feels like a chatbot built into a text-input field, but you can really start to do special things when you give it access to a ton of data. Gemini in Gmail will soon be able to search through your entire backlog of emails and show a summary in a sidebar.

That’s simple to describe but solves a huge problem with email: even searching brings up a list of email subjects, and you have to click through to each one just to read it. Having an AI sift through a bunch of emails and provide a summary sounds like a huge time saver and something you can’t do with any other interface.

Google’s one-minute demo of this feature showed a big blue Gemini button at the top right of the Gmail web app. Tapping it opens the normal chatbot sidebar you can type in. Asking for a summary of emails from a certain contact will get you a bullet-point list of what has been happening, with a list of “sources” at the bottom that will jump you right to a certain email. In the last second of the demo, the user types, “Reply saying I want to volunteer for the parent’s group event,” hits “enter,” and then the chatbot instantly, without confirmation, sends an email.

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