Gmail has been one of Google's strongholds for years now and it’s still a core product, even as the company seems to only be talking about Google+ these days. But the popular email client is seeing plenty of attention, there's just not that much left to do, in terms of huge features.
But there's plenty to do in incremental features, which this latest update is. Gmail announced that the autocomplete search feature is now available in 47 more languages, making it pretty much universally available.
The feature's only been around for three months
, so it's nice to see it available to so many people so soon.
"In May, we improved search in Gmail by tailoring autocomplete predictions to the content in your email in English only. Starting today, improved autocomplete predictions are now supported in 47 additional languages. We plan to continue to roll out to more languages, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese and right-to-left languages, over the coming months," Gmail explained
Now that this is over, the team will be focusing on the more complicated languages, i.e. those that use kanji, or right-to-left languages like Arabic or Yiddish.
Search suggestions have been available in Gmail for quite a while now, for all these languages, in case you're wondering why is this news. But the change is that, now, those suggestions are based on your emails and the content in them, so they're going to be much more relevant to you.
This seems like an obvious improvement and it is. And it probably wasn't that complicated technically either. The thing that most likely prevented Google from implementing the feature was data separation, meaning the suggestions tool couldn't access data inside Gmail. But that's possible now thanks to the revised privacy policies introduced earlier this year.