that’s it, Google is starting to sprinkle Gemini on our mailboxes

that’s it, Google is starting to sprinkle Gemini on our mailboxes
that’s it, Google is starting to sprinkle Gemini on our mailboxes

Google continues to enrich its various applications and platforms by adding more and more AI. This time, the firm announces the arrival of a Gemini sidebar on Gmail, capable of summarizing an email… but not only that.

Gmail now benefits from additional features linked to Gemini // Source: Stephen Phillips on Unsplash

Google wants to give you an ever-increasing helping hand on the web version of Gmail, and what better way to do this than an additional dose of AI? This week, the firm announced the deployment of a sidebar on its messaging system, powered by its Gemini solution, recently introduced in France. Powered by the group’s AI, the latter will notably make it possible to summarize an email, to summarize in a few lines the key points of long, tedious exchanges, but also to write emails for you (in the form of drafts to rework if necessary).

Google promises that the integration of Gemini on Gmail will also offer “ proactive prompts “, to anticipate the user’s requests, even if the latter can always query the AI ​​in the form of ” free questions “. More generally, the firm explains deploying these functions in such a way as to “ leverage Google’s most effective AI models “. Among them, Gemini 1.5 Pro, which should also benefit the Gmail application. It too will indeed inherit the summaries described above.

Gmail improves thanks to Gemini, but not for everyone

The big downside to these changes is that they will only be accessible to a small portion of Gmail users. We learn that you will need to have a subscription to Google Gemini to use these new features on the Mountain View giant’s messaging system.

In this case, a Google Workspace subscription is required, with a Gemini Business or Enterprise add-on, or a Gemini Education or Education Premium add-on. A Google One AI Premium subscription may also do the trick, but in any case, users using Gmail for free, without paying anything else, will not be able to claim this Gemini sidebar.

Note that at the same time, Google also announced the deployment of features based on Gemini in its office suite, on Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Google Drive.


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