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Google is bringing Instant one-tap replies to messaging apps

14 February 2018

A Google team at its Area 120 incubator is trying to extend Smart Reply to chat and messaging apps from other companies, according to reports from TechCrunch.

Google's Smart Reply feature could be extended to several popular chat apps, including Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, and Slack.

In an email that was sent out to individuals signed up for Area 120's Early Access Program, Reply is said to work with Hangouts, Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Slack, and even Twitter DMs. "Alert messages" feature in which if your phone is silent and you have a prior meeting or work, your phone will give you update on that event.

The new project is aptly named "Reply", which can be viewed as the mobile version of Google's Smart Reply feature that is available in Gmail and Allo.

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Google's Smart Reply uses the firm's neural network to intelligently analyse a message's content to suggest an appropriate response. It was programmed to automatically guide instant replies to the emails on the basis of message context received by the particular user.

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.

Smart Reply is an AI-powered technology that creates automatic response suggestions.

However, Reply doesn't just replicate Smart Replies. The newly announced project is simply called "Reply" and will be initially available to Android users. 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. Reply will be able to silence users' phone when they are driving, and it will also inform people who send a message that the user can not chat at the moment.

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'What if replying were literally one tap away?

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

Screenshots delivered to beta testers show Reply working on apps such as Google's own messaging client Hangouts and Android Messages.

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Google is bringing Instant one-tap replies to messaging apps