Reply wants to add Smart Replies to all your messaging apps

14 February, 2018, 19:16 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • Google working on bringing Smart Reply feature to other messaging apps                   By Ida Torres

One of the many projects that we're working on within Area 120 is Reply, which suggests smart replies right in notifications from various chat apps. The Area 120 team is aiming for the app to have support among major messaging apps such as Hangouts, Allo, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack.

"You probably get a lot of chat messages", said Area 120 in an email to testers. For example, if a message like "We're waiting for you!" comes in, Reply can get your attention and ask you to respond. Smart replies are now used in Gmail and other Google communication options, allowing business professionals to quickly respond to simple messages.

The system is based on Smart Reply, which uses artificial intelligence to suggest one-line or quick responses to email in Gmail or Hangouts. Since it has not yet been availed for all of the users of Android Messages service till the date.

The photo above shows Reply in action when used with Hangouts and Messages. "What if replying was literally one tap away?".

Area120, an experimental programme within Google that helps teams build new products, sent out invites to some users to test the feature.

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Additionally, Reply can determine when you're driving and reply to any texts to let people know you're behind the wheel, messages that Reply determines are more important than others (such as "Where are you?!") can still notify you even if your phone is on silent, and vacation responses will automatically be sent out if someone tries to contact you and Reply sees that you've noted on your calendar that you're taking some time off.

It's hard to imagine how quickly Google will be able to finish this project given that it involves bringing it to third-party apps and the fact that Smart Reply still feels limited even on Google's own set of services. That means Reply won't come in the form of a standalone app like, say, Google Duo, but merely a feature baked into a variety of chat apps.

However, Reply doesn't just replicate Smart Replies.

Other features of the Reply function include a Do Not Disturb mode.


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