Reply wants to add Smart Replies to all your messaging apps

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

Google is testing 'Reply,' a new app that adds smart replies to popular messaging apps - Android Police

One of Allo's highlight features is Smart Reply, where the app guesses what you might respond to a message with, and adds a button to send that response. One example was using your location to send and instant response to "when can you be home?" using your preferred method of transport and the time it'll take to wherever your home is. But what's more interesting that Google is planning to cram this feature in third-party apps as well. It gives you mostly three options to choose from when replying and it depends on the context that the AI tech understands as well as what you often respond. There's also an automated Vacation Responder that is able to check the user's calendar and tell people that the user is now not at work.

Now it appears as though Google wants to bring its Smart Reply feature to other messaging apps as well.

Reply will also be capable of breaking through users' phone's silent mode in case of an emergency or urgent messages.

Reply is only available for Android users that are part of Area 120's Early Access Program, and while it's an ingenious idea, don't expect a public launch anytime soon. Smart Reply was later made available to Google's Allo app and Android Messages, according to Android Central. Smart Reply will scan your calendar, see that Tuesday is totally open, and then make suggested replies, like, "Tuesday works for me", or "Let me get back to you". The app can go through your calendar and tell others if you're on leave. The experimental project not only provides simple Smart Replies, it also recommends a specific ETA when users are asked what time they'll arrive to their destination.

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

The project is still in very early stages of development, and not much is known about it, other than the fact that it exists.

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