Google's Reply App in Testing, Offers Automated Responses

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

Google is working on bringing smart replies, the feature which it first introduced to Inbox back in 2015, to all messaging apps so that people can reply to friends with just the tap of a button from their notifications.

Google is by all accounts taking a shot at conveying a progressive answer for informing applications on Android.

In an email that was sent out to individuals signed up for Area 120's Early Access Program, Reply is said to work with Hangouts, Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Slack, and even Twitter DMs. Other than that, this feature can also scan your calendar and recommend replies based on your availability when someone asks you if you are free on a certain date and time.

The email outlined a few features of the Reply app.

The replies take user's current location into consideration in order to craft a correct response.

Reply is created to work with a number of popular messaging services, including Google Hangouts and Allo, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter direct messages and Slack. If, for example, a recipient gets an invitation to a party or a meeting, the AI will automatically interpret this and provide appropriate responses like "I'll be there", or "See you!" or something along those lines.

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Replying to common messages received via your Android device will soon be a lot easier.

The key feature of Reply is that it aims to bring smart replies to the next level.

Screenshots delivered to beta testers show Reply working on apps such as Google's own messaging client Hangouts and Android Messages.

There's also "Don't miss the important stuff" to ensure the user does get important messages even when the phone is on silent. However, much like many other automated features, it will allow urgent messages to break through.

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.

For example, if you are replying to an email that includes the phrase "Is Tuesday good for you?" "Like all other projects within Area 120, it's a very early experiment so there aren't many details to share right now".

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