Google is Working on a New Messaging App that Adds Smart Replies

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Google's Area 120 testing smart reply feature has been rolling out soon, according to the latest announcement made by Google.

In an email to testers, Google showed how the technology will work in chat applications like Android Messages, and Hangouts.

In an email test sent to potential testers, published by Android Police, a spokesman for the team said: 'You probably get a lot of chat messages.

What makes Reply better than just a standard quick response generator is its smart functionality. And you want to be there for people, but also for people in the real world. The Reply app will allow user to send instant and smart replies directly from the notification bar without having the need to even open that app.

The new system uses smart AI-based suggested replies available in Google's Gmail and Allo apps.

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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. There's a Do Not Disturb mode that switches on when you're driving to silence your phone and alert those who message you that you can't chat, as well as a Vacation Responder that checks your calendar on your behalf to tell people if you're not working. Do you wish a robot could free you of your constant communication obligations via WhatsApp, Facebook or text messages? The project, simply called "Reply", will allow users who sign up - now available to Android users only - the ability to use "smart replies" in their favorite mainstream chat applications like Facebook Messenger, Skype, Twitter's Direct Message feature, Whatsapp, and Hangouts. 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.

So when will Reply be available to all Android users?

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

Allo now uses Smart Reply in its message platform to enable users to quickly respond to messages with a selection of context-aware replies.

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