Reply is working on bringing Smart Reply to all messaging apps

Posted February 14, 2018

The photo above shows Reply in action when used with Hangouts and Messages.

Google looks set to bring its Smart Reply functionality to other messaging apps.

"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", said a Google spokesperson. It will be able to prioritise information and send a notification if the AI deems it important, like if the message says "Where are you?"

Reply offers a Do Not Disturb feature for when you're driving, which silences the phone and responds to any messages received that you can't chat right now.

The email additionally highlights the different messaging platforms that Reply will work with.

Aside from providing suggested Smart Replies, Reply also includes a number of other automated features. Currently, you will find Google's Smart Replies in apps like Gmail, Allo, and Android Messages on Project Fi.

This is not the first time for Google to have this kind of feature, Project Fi users already have this app on Android Messaging but this time you have one-tap replies feature in Whatsapp, Messenger, Skype, Facebook and even Twitter's direct messages. But the feature has not been made available to all Android Messages users as of yet.

Reply will also be capable of breaking through users' phone's silent mode in case of an emergency or urgent messages. Smart reply offers automated replies, and like any AI-powered feature, it can be correct at times, or off the mark at various instances.

To join the beta program for Reply, Android users can simply sign up here. The new project is still in its early development and Google may not even make it widely available outside of its Area 120 testers. If you're interested in applying to be in on the trial you'll also have to supply a reason why you want to give it a go.

This news comes from Android Police where a reader sent in an email from a department of Google's that tests experimental products. There's also an automated Vacation Responder that is able to check the user's calendar and tell people that the user is now not at work. "Like all other projects within Area 120, it's a very early experiment so there aren't many details to share right now".