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Reply is working on bringing Smart Reply to all messaging apps

14 February 2018, 07:17 | Jenny Fowler

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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. Later, the Smart Reply feature was made accessible to the Android Messages as well as Allo app by Google, reports Android Central.

Reply will work with Hangouts, Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack. You know those boxes that pop up when you are composing a reply to a message and make suggestions what to say?

One example cited in the email is using your location to send and instant response to the enquiry 'when can you be home?'. Since rolling out the feature to Inbox, Google has introduced it to Gmail, Project Fi, and Allo. This is a nifty feature that uses AI to scan the contents of your email, and based on that it will provide users with a bunch of different reply options that are appropriate to the email.

In another screenshot that Area 120 shared, the team shows that Reply can take Smart Replies and elevate them to the next level. Smart Reply functionality could save on-the-go workers time while improving collaboration.

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Area 120 has sent invitations out to testers with a brief description of the Reply app, which basically adds Smart Reply responses to non-Google messaging apps, as well as to Google apps that don't have Smart Reply, such as Hangouts. The app is now only being offered to Android users as part of a test, which select people have been invited to. For example, when one's phone is on silent mode, Reply can bypass this and play the usual alert tone when it determines that a message is too urgent.

It's hard to imagine how quickly Google will be able to finish this project given that it involves bringing it to third-party apps and the fact that Smart Reply still feels limited even on Google's own set of services.

People who want to try Reply can register their interest after answering whether they primarily use Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, WhatsApp, Skype, Slack, Line or WeChat for daily or weekly messaging.



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