Google is testing smart replies in popular third-party messaging apps

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

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

Google is developing an app that will give you a selection of preformatted responses allowing you to reply with just one click of a button.

The feature would take into account the message you receive and scopes out keywords to predictively suggest a quick answer to the email. As of now, smart replies aren't shown in notifications, but with Reply, users will be able to send smart replies directly from the notifications list.

As well as single-tap responses Google is planning to enable automatic replies, for example letting people know when you are busy and can't get to your phone.

This is not the first time for Google to have this kind of feature, Project Fi users already have this app on Android Messaging but this time you have one-tap replies feature in Whatsapp, Messenger, Skype, Facebook and even Twitter's direct messages.

The new project is aptly named "Reply", which can be viewed as the mobile version of Google's Smart Reply feature that is available in Gmail and Allo. 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".

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The project, called simply "Reply", has come from Google's experimental product workshop, Area 120.

If you're interested in testing out Reply and other applications from Area 120 in the future, your best bet is to sign up to join the incubator's Early Access Program.

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. It will also have a Do Not Disturb mode that switches on when the user is driving and alert those who message you that you can't chat.

Aside from offering reply suggestions, the "Reply" app will also introduce other smart features. It will also be able to override your phone's silent mode in the case of an emergency or more urgent message. Meanwhile, Reply's "Vacation responder" can check a calendar and tell people if you're not working. "Like all other projects within Area 120, it's a very early experiment so there aren't many details to share right now".

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