Google Experiment Brings Smart Replies Feature To Popular Messaging Apps

A Google R&D team wants to bring Smart Reply to all your chat apps

The announcements also unveiled that Reply working with Google Hangouts and Android Messages. So, when a notification comes in from a supported messaging app, Reply is right there with contextual replies ready to go.

The new feature can reply to the questions such as 'When will be home?' or 'Are you at the restaurant?' the project is yet in the very beginning of its development, while Google is not expected to make the feature widely available to the outside testers than its Area 120. You know those boxes that pop up when you are composing a reply to a message and make suggestions what to say? Apparently, the replies also take into consideration the user's current location to craft even more proper responses.

Google's new experimental project called Reply is able to bring automated Smart Replies to popular messaging apps.

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Google's experimental product lab called Area 120 is now testing a new system simply called Reply that will work with Google's Hangouts and Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter direct messages and Slack. The app is now only being offered to Android users as part of a test, which select people have been invited to. For example, if a user receives a message like "We're waiting for you!" Smart Reply would even be able to break out of your phone's silent mode if a message came in that seemed urgent, such as, "We're all here, where are you?" or "I am in the dungeon of the castle, my name is Zelda, please help me". There's a Do Not Disturb mode that switches on when you're driving to silence your phone and alert those who message you that you can't chat, as well as a Vacation Responder that checks your calendar on your behalf to tell people if you're not working. It should be noted that Reply will only be available on Android for the time being.

Google confirmed the experiment is in the works, but wouldn't speak to other details like the team members building Reply at Area 120 or the time to launch.

If you're interested in testing out Reply and other applications from Area 120 in the future, your best bet is to sign up to join the incubator's Early Access Program.

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