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

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

Area 120 has sent invitations out to testers with a brief description of the Reply app, which basically adds Smart Reply responses to non-Google messaging apps, as well as to Google apps that don't have Smart Reply, such as Hangouts. In addition to this, those who use Android Messages will also be able to use it - this time without the required subscription to Fi.

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

The expanded feature aims to take the hassle out of firing back replies in a range of popular messaging apps, including WhatsApp.

The other features that Reply brings include Do not disturb.

Tech giant Google is working on a new artificial intelligence-based auto-reply system, called Reply, to communicate with people in an easier manner, according to Android Police.




Reply is created to work with a number of popular messaging services, including Google Hangouts and Allo, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter direct messages and Slack.

The Reply software is able to suggest Smart Replies to questions like "Are you at the restaurant" and "When can you be home". You know those boxes that pop up when you are composing a reply to a message and make suggestions what to say? But to be clear, Reply does not offer a standalone app of its own - it's just a way for people to respond to incoming messages. For example, if a user receives a message like "We're waiting for you!" 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.

Google has confirmed the existence of Area 120's Reply app but told TechCrunch it was a very early experiment. It scans the message you are replying to and takes into account other factors like your current location, what's in your Google Calendar, the time of day, and even the weather, and then suggests applicable replies that you can tap and automatically fill in.

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.

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