Google unveil test for chats with robots

Google's Reply App Spotted in Testing Offers Automated Contextual Responses for Third Party Messaging Apps

A Google R&D team wants to bring Smart Reply to all your chat apps

Lastly, it has a vacation responder feature that will tell people if users are not working on the basis of checking their calendar. Not all Android Messages users are able to access Smart Reply. Though it's fairly limited, as is the Smart Reply integration on Project Fi.

Allo now uses Smart Reply in its message platform to enable users to quickly respond to messages with a selection of context-aware replies. Since it has not yet been availed for all of the users of Android Messages service till the date.

According to the Area 120 announcement about the project, the plan is to offer support for Reply within a variety of mainstream chat apps, including Hangouts, Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack. As you can see in the screenshot below, Reply looks a lot like Google's native Smart Replies. And you want to be there for people, but also for people in the real world. It comes with a Do Not Disturb mode which can be particularly useful when you are driving as it will silence your smartphone and automatically send a responses message saying that you can't chat at the moment. For example, if someone asks how long it will take for you to get home, the feature can give an estimate based on how long it would take for you to drive there in current conditions.

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.

Pegged "Reply", the feature would use artificial intelligence (AI) to suggest one-tap responses to incoming messages.

No release date is now known, but users can fill out a form for a chance to beta test the feature. The app is named "Reply", and invitations to test it have been sent out by Area 120.

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

Area 120 is a small "experimental program within Google", and it's dedicated to creating unique apps and services - many of them that never see the light of day.

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