Google Found a Way to Bring Smart Replies to All Messaging Apps

Laverne Mann
February 14, 2018

Through its Area 120 incubator, Google hopes to bring its AI-driven technology to other chat applications in the future.

The Area 120 project will offer its suggested replies right in the notifications from these chat apps.

Android Messages has already rolled out limited - but official - support for Smart Replies, we should note.

In an email to the volunteers, Area 120 said, "You probably get a lot of messages". Do you wish a robot could free you of your constant communication obligations via WhatsApp, Facebook or text messages? So, when a notification comes in from a supported messaging app, Reply is right there with contextual replies ready to go.

The email additionally highlights the different messaging platforms that Reply will work with.

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In an email sent by Area 120 (via Android Police), the team informed testers that the new Reply project should work for Hangouts, Allow, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Slack and Twitter DMs.

It appears Google is working to bring its Smart Reply feature to a variety of messaging apps from third parties, not just its own services such as Allo, Inbox, Assistant, and Gmail.

Smart Reply is an AI-powered technology that creates automatic response suggestions. It should be noted that Reply will only be available on Android for the time being. This is a nifty feature that uses AI to scan the contents of your email, and based on that it will provide users with a bunch of different reply options that are appropriate to the email. It will also be able to override your phone's silent mode in the case of an emergency or more urgent message. There's also an automated Vacation Responder that is able to check the user's calendar and tell people that the user is now not at work.

According to TechCrunch, there is a Do Not Disturb mode that can switch on when a user is driving, as well as a vacation responder that automatically checks your calendar to let others know you aren't working. "Like all other projects within Area 120, it's a very early experiment so there aren't many details to share right now".

Google's Area 120, a workshop for experimental products under development at the Mountain View firm, is now testing the new system.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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