Reply is working on bringing Smart Reply to all messaging apps

Google working on bringing Smart Reply feature to other messaging apps                   By Ida Torres

Now, an R&D team at Google is bringing the Smart Reply feature to other chat applications. Area 120, an experimental program inside Google, developed the new Reply project for this exact goal. Smart Replies might sound robotic/impersonal at times but are a boon when whipping out your phone to draft a full-fledged text simply isn't an option. Do you wish a robot could free you of your constant communication obligations via WhatsApp, Facebook or text messages? Smart replies can be shown directly in the message's notification for an instant response.

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

In an email sent by Area 120 (via Android Police), the team informed testers that the new Reply project should work for Hangouts, Allow, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Slack and Twitter DMs. An example would be receiving messages while driving; using your phone's Global Positioning System and Bluetooth sensors, Smart Reply would know you are in your vehicle. It should be noted that Reply will only be available on Android for the time being.

The replies take user's current location into consideration in order to craft a correct response. Also, when a user gets an urgent message, Reply will ensure that the notification gets the user's attention even if their phone is silent. "Vacations mode" feature which checked your calendar and then responds to the people that you are on vacations or not available, will also be included.

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.

The request for testing of the new project came from Area 120, a division of Google that works on experimental products.

"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 spokesperson told TechCrunch. The feature was created to automatically suggest quick replies to emails based on the context of the messages received by the user.

Google is planning to have more interesting features or you can say introducing new modes for Android users like; "Do Not Disturb" feature, which automatically turns on Silent mode when a person is driving or doing something important.

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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