Google is working on a new project "Instant Replies" suggestions for all of your favorite regular Android messaging apps similar to what you see in Google's Alo and Gmail. That's Smart Reply in action, and it's going to start rolling out to chat platforms in the future.
"You probably get a lot of chat messages". When a text comes during your trip, it would mute the notification and automatically respond with, "I am driving right now and will respond to you when I get to my destination", or something along those lines. But what's more interesting that Google is planning to cram this feature in third-party apps as well.
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. Smart reply offers automated replies, and like any AI-powered feature, it can be correct at times, or off the mark at various instances.
The great thing is that you don't actually need to have been formally invited by Google to request access to the Reply app. It should be noted that Reply will only be available on Android for the time being.
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Other features of the Reply function include a Do Not Disturb mode.
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. There's also an automated Vacation Responder that is able to check the user's calendar and tell people that the user is now not at work. If you're interested in applying to be in on the trial you'll also have to supply a reason why you want to give it a go.
"One of the many projects that we're working on within Area 120 is Reply, which suggests smart replies right in notifications from various chat apps", a Google spokesperson told TechCrunch.
The project is still in very early stages of development, and not much is known about it, other than the fact that it exists.