Google to bring Allo's Smart Reply feature to third party apps

Feb 14, 2018, 17:53
Google to bring Allo's Smart Reply feature to third party apps

Google is working on an AI-based auto-reply system to do just that. One of Area 120's latest projects is called "Reply", and its goal is to bring Smart Replies to a heap of other messaging apps.

The Area 120 project will offer its suggested replies right in the notifications from these chat apps. That's Smart Reply in action, and it's going to start rolling out to chat platforms in the future. It will be able to prioritise information and send a notification if the AI deems it important, like if the message says "Where are you?" For example, if a user receives a message like "We're waiting for you!"

If you're interested then head over and sign up to the form and maybe you'll be smart replying in your chat apps soon.

Google has confirmed the existence of Area 120's Reply app but told TechCrunch it was a very early experiment.

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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.

One of the features of Inbox and Gmail that Google rolled out a couple of years ago is Smart Reply. The Reply software is only available for Android devices and users will have to sign up here in order to try it out for themselves.

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.

Other features include Do Not Disturb while driving: Automatically lets those who message you that you can't chat right now.

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First introduced in Gmail's Inbox, it gives users a choice of three responses to choose from based on the results of millions of email replies. The app is now only being offered to Android users as part of a test, which select people have been invited to.

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

According to reports by Android Police, Google's experimental lab called Area 120 has developed a new system called Reply that it is testing with volunteers.

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