Search Engine Gaint Google Testing Another Messaging App That’s Just For Smart Replies To Popular Apps. Like we said, the feature is available for Inbox and Gmail and Allo, but Google’s internal incubator Area 120 wants to bring it onto other apps like Google Hangouts and Android Messages.
The reply is now available to some testers who previously signed up to Area 120’s Early Access Program. In an email sent by Area 120 (via Android Police), the team informed testers that the new Reply project should work for Hangouts, Allow, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Slack and Twitter DMs. Screenshots of how the new software works have already been shared online.
The feature would take into account the message you receive and scopes out keywords to predictively suggest a quick answer to the email. For example, if “Do you have” starts the email, a few suggestions might be:
- I don’t, sorry.
- I will have to look for it.
- I’ll send it to you.
Google first introduced its Smart Reply feature in late-2015 in its Inbox by Gmail app. The feature would later carry on to other apps like Allo, Gmail, and very recently, the default SMS app: Android Messages, though it is still undergoing a pretty slow rollout.It looks like the feature could get pretty smart, too. Images included with the invitation show a message asking when a user can be home, with the response seemingly pulling information from Google Maps to generate the reply “13 min.”
According to TechCrunch, there is a Do Not Disturb mode that can switch on when a user is driving, as well as a vacation responder that automatically checks your calendar to let others know you aren’t working.
If you’re interested in the feature, you can sign up to be a tester — though there is no guarantee that you will end up being selected. We also don’t know what form this feature will eventually take. It could be an app, or it could simply be a feature that gets built into Android.