Google testing 'Reply,' a smart replies app for third-party apps

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

According to TechCrunch, Reply isn't a standalone app, rather it's simply a way to respond to messages - though how that works is unclear, surely an app is required? What makes the app unique is that it integrates itself to any other third party messaging apps to offer smart replies. Area 120, an experimental program inside Google, developed the new Reply project for this exact objective. 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. If you get a message with more urgent cues like "We're waiting for you". Do you wish a robot could free you of your constant communication obligations via WhatsApp, Facebook or text messages?

The email outlined a few features of the Reply app.

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.

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

Reply puts the Smart Reply you may know from Google right into notifications from the chat apps you use most often. But the feature has not been made available to all Android Messages users as of yet. It was programmed to automatically guide instant replies to the emails on the basis of message context received by the particular user.




Android Messages has already started rolling support for the new feature but only for select users.

Google is working on a new messaging app that adds smart replies but has not mentioned other details such as the launch time.

If you want to try to get in on Reply yourself before anyone else, they're taking sign-ups right now.

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

Google's Area 120, a workshop for experimental products under development at the Mountain View firm, is now testing the new system.

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