Google's Area 120 Testing Smart Reply Feature for Android Text Messages

14 February, 2018, 19:15 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • A Google R&D team wants to bring Smart Reply to all your chat apps

The invite reads: "You probably get a lot of chat messages".

The technology can tell others if a user is on holiday by checking a calendar and replying accordingly.

The photo above shows Reply in action when used with Hangouts and Messages. Not all Android Messages users are able to access Smart Reply.

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. But the feature has not been made available to all Android Messages users as of yet.

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Google has come up with a solution to your tiresome texting woes, creating a robot called Reply to do the hard work for you.

According to the Area 120 announcement about the project, the plan is to offer support for Reply within a variety of mainstream chat apps, including Hangouts, Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack.

"Reply puts the Smart Reply you may know from Google right into notifications from the chat apps you use most often", the invitation reads. But what if you've had enough and want out? It will have a "do not disturb" mode that will silence a phone but also scan incoming messages that are important.

For example, if you are replying to an email that includes the phrase "Is Tuesday good for you?"

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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. Google is developing an app that will give you a selection of preformatted responses allowing you to reply with just one click of a button.

No release date is now known, but users can fill out a form for a chance to beta test the feature. Now, a development team inside Google's Area 120 incubator is reportedly working to bring the feature to popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and a ton of others.

The new system uses smart AI-based suggested replies available in Google's Gmail and Allo apps.

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