Tech & Science Google team will bring Smart Replies to more chat apps

09:40  14 february  2018
09:40  14 february  2018 Source:   Engadget

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Don't fret: Google 's experimental Area 120 group is working on a Reply project that, as the name implies, will bring Smart Replies to many messaging clients (currently just for Android). Hangouts is logically on the list, but so are third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, Skype

Now, a team inside Google ’s internal incubator Area 120 is working to bring the Smart Reply feature to other chat applications . “One of the many projects that we’re working on within Area 120 is Reply , which suggests smart replies right in notifications from various chat apps ,” a Google

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If you've wanted to use Google's canned Smart Replies in chat apps, you've been limited to using Allo or (if you're on the right carrier) Android Messages. But what if you're one of the many, many people using something else? Don't fret: Google's experimental Area 120 group is working on a Reply project that, as the name implies, will bring Smart Replies to many messaging clients (currently just for Android). Hangouts is logically on the list, but so are third-party apps like Facebook Messenger, Skype, WhatsApp and even Twitter's direct messages. You'd only have to tap a button in your notifications to confirm that you're on your way or say you're doing well.

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More . Google introduced Smart Reply two years ago to take care of that, requiring just a single tap to send off a succinct but sufficient response to a question. Now an R&D team at Google wants to bring that goodness to other messaging services.

Also like we said, Google wants to potentially bring the feature to other chat apps , such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Twitter DMs, Slack, and so on. Would you like to see Smart Reply arrive for your chat app ? Filed in General. Read more about Google .

Reply should have some intelligent features as well, such as a "sorry I can't talk" driving mode and a vacation responder to stop coworkers from bugging you when you're off the clock. It should also punch through silent mode if there's an urgent message demanding your attention.

The effort is very early -- Area 120 is still soliciting users willing to give it a shot. It's going to be a while before it arrives, and it might not support every app on the list. If it works as promised, though, it could make Smart Replies a mainstay across Android, not just within Google's ecosystem. As cold and impersonal as they can be, they do the job when you just need to acknowledge a message.

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