In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Gmail is officially introducing a bunch of new features meant to improve user experience on the platform. Earlier this year, the Material Design user interface was added to the Gmail app on mobile and dynamic email was also rolled out to the Gmail web client in late March for more interactive emails.
Now, the email client is adding a native email scheduling option that will allow users to compose a message and send it at a later time, convenient for when you need to write a company email late at night but would rather have it sent to your colleague during office hours.
The new built-in feature is pretty much straightforward: simply start composing an email and you'll see an arrow beside the Send button in the draft window. Tapping the arrow will reveal the "Schedule send" option and you'll be provided with a few preset schedules for delivering the message to the recipient. Additionally, you can manually set the time for when you plan to have the email sent. Of course, there's also an option to undo the schedule.
Google has also formally announced that the Smart Compose tool will be available on more Android devices beyond the Pixel 3 series and desktops. This expansion first surfaced early last month when the feature was spotted live on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, OnePlus 6T, Xiaomi Mi 8, and Samsung Galaxy S9+. First introduced in May 2018, Smart Compose provides word suggestions as you compose your message using context-aware methods.
Smart Compose is also set to expand to Gmail for iOS in the future, according to Jacob Bank, G Suite Director of Product Management. It will also bring support for additional languages including Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
Besides the wider availability and more language support, the feature is also receiving new improvements in terms of adapting to the user's style of composition. Finally, it will have the capability to suggest a subject line based on the body content.