Google to add grammar correction feature in Gmail

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August 21, 2019
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Have you ever got confused by spelling or sentence syntax while pecking out an email to colleagues?

Thanks to the search giant Google, Gmail will soon introduce improved spelling and grammar correction tools that offer corrections as G Suite users type. After rolling out AI-powered grammar correction capabilities in Google Docs for G Suite users earlier this year, Google is now bringing the feature to Gmail.

As announced by the company in a recent blog post, starting today for rapid release domains and September 12 for scheduled release domains across all G Suite editions, Google will begin applying AI to make real-time spell-check suggestions while detecting potential grammar issues. For some common spelling mistakes, it’ll also add “as-you-type” auto-correction for improved accuracy. As the company states;

“If you’re working against deadlines to write a lot of emails daily, correct spelling and grammar probably isn’t top of mind. These capabilities can also help you write and edit with more confidence if you’re a non-native speaker. With our AI-first approach, you can communicate smarter and faster, without sweating the small stuff.”


Moreover, grammar suggestions built on Smart Reply, a machine learning-powered feature that uses AI to generate brief, contextually relevant responses to incoming messages. (It came to Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack-like enterprise chat platform, last year.) Another of the tech giant’s AI-driven language tools — Smart Compose, which autocompletes sentences in emails by drawing on historical typing patterns and other data — became broadly available to Gmail users last year.

Meanwhile, Google took the wraps off of grammar suggestions back in July last year during its Cloud Next conference, where it launched in preview through G Suite’s Early Adopter Program. Google said it worked closely with linguists to build an AI model that “incorporate[s] the complexity and nuance” of grammar correction, which the company noted at the time are more complicated than spelling mistakes because they can’t be addressed with dictionaries.

Notably, Gmail is boosting its spellcheck game with automatic correction of “common spelling mistakes” — a feature that’s obviously familiar from mobile typing but is sadly uncommon in desktop settings.

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