Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Google Wants To Bring Smart Replies To More Chat Apps

Google Wants To Bring Smart Replies To More Chat Apps

For the uninitiated, Smart Reply is Google's clever artificial intelligence-based feature that generates a set of clickable replies based on the context of the message.

The Area 120 project will offer its suggested replies right in the notifications from these chat apps.

In another screenshot that Area 120 shared, the team shows that Reply can take Smart Replies and elevate them to the next level. 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?" "Alert messages" feature in which if your phone is silent and you have a prior meeting or work, your phone will give you update on that event. The Reply app will allow user to send instant and smart replies directly from the notification bar without having the need to even open that app. Currently, you will find Google's Smart Replies in apps like Gmail, Allo, and Android Messages on Project Fi. But the feature has not been made available to all Android Messages users as of yet.

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.

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. Smart Reply has become one of the most useful features in Gmail, especially for those with a lot of inbound, or who answer a lot of their emails on the go where typing out responses is more cumbersome.

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.

The app is named "Reply", and invitations to test it have been sent out by Area 120.

Google is working on a new messaging app that adds smart replies but has not mentioned other details such as the launch time.

No release date is now known, but users can fill out a form for a chance to beta test the feature.

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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