Google Found a Way to Bring Smart Replies to All Messaging Apps

Isaac Cain
February 14, 2018

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. For example, if someone asks how long it will take for you to get home, the feature can give an estimate based on how long it would take for you to drive there in current conditions.

Reply puts the Smart Reply you may know from Google right into notifications from the chat apps you use most often.

At the core, Reply is an add-on for any messaging app, not a standalone messaging experience.

This is not the first time for Google to have this kind of feature, Project Fi users already have this app on Android Messaging but this time you have one-tap replies feature in Whatsapp, Messenger, Skype, Facebook and even Twitter's direct messages. Area 120, an experimental program inside Google, developed the new Reply project for this exact objective. Lastly, it has a vacation responder feature that will tell people if users are not working on the basis of checking their calendar.

However, Reply doesn't just replicate Smart Replies. Say your phone is on Do Not Disturb mode or otherwise silent and someone sends you an urgent message.

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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. Reply will be able to silence users' phone when they are driving, and it will also inform people who send a message that the user can not chat at the moment.

The idea behind the project sounds promising.

As well as single-tap responses Google is planning to enable automatic replies, for example letting people know when you are busy and can't get to your phone. Since it has not yet been availed for all of the users of Android Messages service till the date.

Google confirmed the experiment is in the works, but wouldn't speak to other details like the team members building Reply at Area 120 or the time to launch.

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.

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