Google unveil test for chats with robots

Google working on bringing Smart Reply feature to other messaging apps                   By Ida Torres

Google is working on bringing smart replies, the feature which it first introduced to Inbox back in 2015, to all messaging apps so that people can reply to friends with just the tap of a button from their notifications. The Area 120 team is aiming for the app to have support among major messaging apps such as Hangouts, Allo, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack.

"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. When you get an urgent message like "We're waiting for you!"

Google's Smart Reply uses the firm's neural network to intelligently analyse a message's content to suggest an appropriate response. Since it has not yet been availed for all of the users of Android Messages service till the date.

The included screenshots in Reply's announcement (delivered to testers via email) show Reply working within Google Hangouts and Android Messages.

Area 120 mentioned in the announcement regarding the new feature that the project is meant to offer supportive platform for the auto Reply function within a wide range of chat apps such as Google's Allo, Hangouts, WhatsApp, Android Messages, Facebook Messenger, Twitter DMs, Slack and Skype.

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 functionality could save on-the-go workers time while improving collaboration.

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

Reply will include a variety of other automated features, too.

Area120, an experimental programme within Google that helps teams build new products, sent out invites to some users to test the feature.

People who want to try Reply can register their interest after answering whether they primarily use Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, WhatsApp, Skype, Slack, Line or WeChat for daily or weekly messaging.

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