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The announcement was made during Alphabet’s Q4, 2015 earnings call. Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai made the announcement, saying, “First, on our last call, I shared that six of our consumer products, Search, Android, Maps, Chrome, YouTube, and Google Play, all have over a billion monthly active users each. I’m pleased to share that Gmail now joins those ranks, crossing that number last quarter.” Also Read - Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before
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According to Pichai, Gmail is the seventh product in Google’s portfolio to boast over a billion active users. The email service has taken just about eight months to reach the milestone after announcing 900 monthly active users in May last year.
Another interesting thing to note during the call was what Pichai said about Inbox’s Smart Reply feature. Pichai revealed that the automatic replies made up for 10 percent of the all the replies via the app.
Google had announced Smart Reply feature for its Inbox email app last year. This feature automatically suggests short replies for incoming mails. “Machine learning is making our products smarter and more useful for people every day. It powers Smart Reply, in Inbox by Gmail, which suggests short responses that are relevant to an incoming email. People absolutely love this feature. In fact, in just a few months, Smart Reply already makes up 10 percent of all mobile responses in Inbox,” Pichai said.
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