Google has unveiled a significant update to the search functionality in its mobile Gmail application. Users will now find it easier to locate specific emails, thanks to the integration of an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm. While Google's announcement only mentions the mobile version of Gmail, it is unclear if the 'top results' feature will be extended to the browser-based version.
Google's machine learning model will use the search term, some recent emails, and other relevant factors to quickly find what a user is searching for within the email inbox. According to Google, this highly requested feature will soon be accessible to all Gmail users. The update will be rolled out gradually over two weeks.
These findings will now appear in a dedicated 'top results' section. The most relevant results will feature at the top, followed by the remaining results sorted by recency.
Google's new AI feature not only makes searching for old messages and attachments faster and simpler but also showcases the company's growing commitment to incorporating AI into its product suite.
Google's decision to leverage machine learning for Gmail's mobile search also aligns with industry trends triggered by the launch of OpenAI's popular ChatGPT and Google's own AI chatbot, Bard.