Google Wants To Bring Smart Replies To More Chat Apps


The project, called simply "Reply", has come from Google's experimental product workshop, Area 120.

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 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.

That means when you're driving, Reply can silence your phone and tell people who message you that you can't chat right now.

Google is working on a new project "Instant Replies" suggestions for all of your favorite regular Android messaging apps similar to what you see in Google's Alo and Gmail.

The system is based on Smart Reply, which uses artificial intelligence to suggest one-line or quick responses to email in Gmail or Hangouts.

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The included screenshots in Reply's announcement (delivered to testers via email) show Reply working within Google Hangouts and Android Messages. Though it's fairly limited, as is the Smart Reply integration on Project Fi. Reply will be able to interpret that as a reason to push that notification through to the user. Since it has not yet been availed for all of the users of Android Messages service till the date.

It scans the message you are replying to and takes into account other factors like your current location, what's in your Google Calendar, the time of day, and even the weather, and then suggests applicable replies that you can tap and automatically fill in.

Now it seems that Google wants to bring the feature to more chat apps, and not just those made by Google. "What if replying was literally one tap away?". 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 vehicle. 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.

Reply will include a variety of other automated features, too.