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

A Google R&D team wants to bring Smart Reply to all your chat apps

The expanded feature aims to take the hassle out of firing back replies in a range of popular messaging apps, including WhatsApp.

However, Google doesn't want to stop at Android Messages and offer support for Smart Replies within a variety of mainstream chat apps such as Hangouts, Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter, and Slack, to name a few. Lastly, it has a vacation responder feature that will tell people if users are not working on the basis of checking their calendar. The feature was created to automatically suggest quick replies to emails based on the context of the messages received by the user. The experimental project not only provides simple Smart Replies, it also recommends a specific ETA when users are asked what time they'll arrive to their destination. When a text comes during your trip, it would mute the notification and automatically respond with, "I am driving right now and will respond to you when I get to my destination", or something along those lines.

Tech giant Google is working on a new artificial intelligence-based auto-reply system, called Reply, to communicate with people in an easier manner, according to Android Police. You know those boxes that pop up when you are composing a reply to a message and make suggestions what to say? Smart Reply functionality could save on-the-go workers time while improving collaboration.

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

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Google's Smart Reply uses the firm's neural network to intelligently analyse a message's content to suggest an appropriate response. Reply can make sure to get your attention even when your phone is silent.

The included screenshots in Reply's announcement (delivered to testers via email) show Reply working within Google Hangouts and Android Messages.

The project, like all Area 120 projects, is unrelated to any broader developments at Google - in this case, that means it's not directly tied to Google's messaging efforts.

If you're interested in testing out Reply and other applications from Area 120 in the future, your best bet is to sign up to join the incubator's Early Access Program.

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