Google is testing smart replies in popular third-party messaging apps


So far Smart Reply, a feature that first appeared in Inbox by Gmail, has only been introduced to other Google apps, such as Allo and the Gmail mobile app.

The said project is going to be called "Reply" and will be available to Android users initially, as per the project's sign-up form.

According to the Area 120 announcement about the project, the plan is to offer support for Reply within a variety of mainstream messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DMs and Slack. Lastly, it has a vacation responder feature that will tell people if users are not working on the basis of checking their calendar. Now, a team inside Google's internal incubator Area 120 is working to bring the Smart Reply feature to other chat applications.

The email outlined a few features of the Reply app. The company is working on implementing Smart Reply to third-party apps like Messenger, WhatsApp and other major chat apps.

Allo now uses Smart Reply in its message platform to enable users to quickly respond to messages with a selection of context-aware replies.

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The replies take into consideration the user's current location to help with crafting the correct response - like a "yes" or "no" if you've arrived somewhere, or the time it will take you to drive to a given location, for example.

I'll send it to you. Do take note of that a Smart Reply highlight has been taken off for Android Messages, but just for Project Fi clients as of now. It will be able to prioritise information and send a notification if the AI deems it important, like if the message says "Where are you?" It might even add smarter replies like when someone asks for an ETA, Google would be able to calculate it for you. The Reply software is only available for Android devices and users will have to sign up here in order to try it out for themselves.

When you get an urgent message like 'We're waiting for you!', Reply can make sure to get your attention even when your phone is silent. 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.

One of the features of Inbox and Gmail that Google rolled out a couple of years ago is Smart Reply.