Google is bringing Instant one-tap replies to messaging apps

Bill Rogers
February 14, 2018

The app is now in development by Google's Area 120 team.

So far Smart Reply, a feature that first appeared in Inbox by Gmail, has only been introduced to other Google apps, such as Allo and the Gmail mobile app.

The system will work with Google's Hangouts, Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Slack and Twitter Direct Messages. Now, a team inside Google's internal incubator Area 120 is working to bring the Smart Reply feature to other chat applications.

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.

Google's Smart Reply uses the firm's neural network to intelligently analyse a message's content to suggest an appropriate response.

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The included screenshots in Reply's announcement (delivered to testers via email) show Reply working within Google Hangouts and Android Messages. Smart Reply functionality could save on-the-go workers time while improving collaboration. Since it has not yet been availed for all of the users of Android Messages service till the date. Reply will be able to interpret that as a reason to push that notification through to the user.

A new app created by Google's Area 120 incubator called 'Reply, ' is now in beta and gives you smart reply options for most messaging services... Smart Reply has become one of the most useful features in Gmail, especially for those with a lot of inbound, or who answer a lot of their emails on the go where typing out responses is more cumbersome. That means Reply won't come in the form of a standalone app like, say, Google Duo, but merely a feature baked into a variety of chat apps. But what if you've had enough and want out?

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 of the Reply function include a Do Not Disturb mode. The app is now only being offered to Android users as part of a test, which select people have been invited to.

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