The update is also aiming to bring a new cleaner and less cluttered look for the Gmail along with other new features like smart reply which allows you to instantly select a reply to the mail from three possible options generated by Gmail from analyzing the context of the mail. It has been acclaimed for its simplicity, robust feature set and usability. It'll be available in the coming weeks.
It is similarly unclear how this feature interoperates with users of non-Google services.
In a statement to The Verge, Google revealed: "We're working on some major updates to Gmail (they're still in draft phase). But it doesn't seem to be stopping Google as the company is now evolving beyond the simple POP3/IMAP/SMTP protocols", TechCrunch reported late on Friday.
"We need a bit more time to compose ourselves, so can't share anything yet-archive this for now, and we'll let you know when it's time to hit send".
Tech Crunch said the new feature would be introduced in an upcoming upgrade to its popular email service. Similarly, the actual security offered by this concept may also be limited, as the TechCrunch report notes that there is no control mechanism preventing the user from taking a screenshot of the message.
The feature also includes a confidential mode which will prevent the recipient of the email from forwarding, downloading, printing or copying and pasting text from the email. It will give you the option to put a time limit onto an email that you send and after it expires, it will be rendered unreadable.
And if you want to take privacy to the next level, there's an option to include an obligatory SMS passcode in order to open the email.
Well, technically, based on the screenshots we're seeing, what you'll receive is a link to be able to view the confidential email.
Gmail sent an email to its G Suite customers informing them of the changes. While confidential mode emails will disappear when you want them to, there's not guarantee that they are secure.
The more you use Smart Reply the smarter it gets, learning how you are likely to reply to an email, enabling you to replay with just a single click.