Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

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

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

Smart Reply is an AI-based feature that runs within the app.

The Area 120 project will offer its suggested replies right in the notifications from these chat apps.

Google's internal incubator, Area 120, is working hard to incorporate this functionality into chat apps such as Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages (for all carriers), Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack.

Once released, it is likely that developers will need to incorporate the coding into their apps for it to work.

In an announcement to testers obtained by TechCrunch, the feature will roll out to Android users first. There is also the question of whether or not other developers want to integrate Google's features into their apps or if it would be better to develop their own, but what do you guys think? If, for example, a recipient gets an invitation to a party or a meeting, the AI will automatically interpret this and provide appropriate responses like "I'll be there", or "See you!" or something along those lines. The "slightly smarter" part of the promise is that it will, for example, be able to calculate time taken to reach home by analyzing your location.

This then pops up as an instant reply option.

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Beyond automated replies, Reply is getting brand-new features that make it even more aware of certain situations.

"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 said.

For the uninitiated, Smart Reply is Google's clever artificial intelligence-based feature that generates a set of clickable replies based on the context of the message. Reply can make sure to get your attention even when your phone is silent.

It should be noted that Android Messages, as mentioned, has already received Smart Reply support. The newly announced project is simply called "Reply" and will be initially available to Android users.

The process of inputting this data can be extremely time consuming, and is limited to one type of knowledge.

Practical applications include Google's language translation services, Facebook's facial recognition software and Snapchat's image altering live filters.

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