Reply is working on bringing Smart Reply to all messaging apps

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

The request for testing of the new project came from Area 120, a division of Google that works on experimental products. Other potential apps include WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Twitter direct messages, TechCrunch said. Now, a team inside Google's internal incubator Area 120 is working to bring the Smart Reply feature to other chat applications.

The system is based on Smart Reply, which uses artificial intelligence to suggest one-line or quick responses to email in Gmail or Hangouts.

The said project is going to be called "Reply" and will be available to Android users initially, as per the project's sign-up form.

In another screenshot that Area 120 shared, the team shows that Reply can take Smart Replies and elevate them to the next level.

Area 120 mentioned in the announcement regarding the new feature that the project is meant to offer supportive platform for the auto Reply function within a wide range of chat apps such as Google's Allo, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Android Messages, Facebook Messenger, Twitter DMs, Slack and Skype.

The replies take into consideration the user's current location to help with crafting the correct response - like a "yes" or "no" if you've arrived somewhere, or the time it will take you to drive to a given location, for example. Though it's fairly limited, as is the Smart Reply integration on Project Fi. Smart Reply has become one of the most useful features in Gmail, especially for those with a lot of inbound, or who answer a lot of their emails on the go where typing out responses is more cumbersome.




Some of Google's apps like Hangouts let you quickly send a response right from its notification.

Aside from offering reply suggestions, the "Reply" app will also introduce other smart features.

Now it seems that Google wants to bring the feature to more chat apps, and not just those made by Google.

Beyond automated replies, Reply is getting brand-new features that make it even more aware of certain situations.

Vacation responder. Reply can check your calendar and tell people if you're not working.

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