Google is Working on a New Messaging App that Adds Smart Replies

Feb 14, 2018, 18:27
Google is Working on a New Messaging App that Adds Smart Replies

Now that you have an understanding of what smart replies are, you should also know that a small R&D team at Google is working to bring this feature to all of your favorite messaging clients. The smart reply will make reply easier but Google would require access to your history to identify the type of response you most probably like to give. The "slightly smarter" part of the promise is that it will, for example, be able to calculate time taken to reach home by analyzing your location.

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

Love it, or hate it, but the Smart Reply feature in Google's Gmail is a boon to those who are inundated with hundreds of emails on a daily basis. But the feature has not been made available to all Android Messages users as of yet.

At the core, Reply is an add-on for any messaging app, not a standalone messaging experience.

Reply is created to work with a number of popular messaging services, including Google Hangouts and Allo, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter direct messages and Slack. Area 120, an experimental program inside Google, developed the new Reply project for this exact goal. Though it's fairly limited, as is the Smart Reply integration on Project Fi.

There would also be a vacation responder that would automatically reply while you are in an area without cell service for an extended period. An example would be receiving messages while driving; using your phone's Global Positioning System and Bluetooth sensors, Smart Reply would know you are in your auto. For example, if a message like "We're waiting for you!" comes in, Reply can get your attention and ask you to respond. Reply is still very much so in its early development days, and it's entirely possible that Google will scrap the project at any given moment. Reply will be able to silence users' phone when they are driving, and it will also inform people who send a message that the user can not chat at the moment.

However, the idea behind the project is very promising.

Pegged "Reply", the feature would use artificial intelligence (AI) to suggest one-tap responses to incoming messages.

Smart Reply feature was initially launched by the company for the email app known as Inbox.

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