Google to expand Smart Reply feature to third party apps

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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. What makes the app unique is that it integrates itself to any other third party messaging apps to offer smart replies.

The Area 120 project will offer its suggested replies right in the notifications from these chat apps. The experimental project not only provides simple Smart Replies, it also recommends a specific ETA when users are asked what time they'll arrive to their destination. It will also have a Do Not Disturb mode that switches on when the user is driving and alert those who message you that you can't chat.

The feature would take into account the message you receive and scopes out keywords to predictively suggest a quick answer to the email.

The expanded feature aims to take the hassle out of firing back replies in a range of popular messaging apps, including WhatsApp.

Called Reply, the team wants to include smart replies in basically any messaging app, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack. Currently, you will find Google's Smart Replies in apps like Gmail, Allo, and Android Messages on Project Fi. The Reply software is only available for Android devices and users will have to sign up here in order to try it out for themselves.

First introduced in Gmail's Inbox, it gives users a choice of three responses to choose from based on the results of millions of email replies.

Smart Reply is an AI-powered technology that creates automatic response suggestions. The new project is still in its early development and Google may not even make it widely available outside of its Area 120 testers.

It should be noted that Android Messages, as mentioned, has already received Smart Reply support.

Google's Area 120, a workshop for experimental products under development at the Mountain View firm, is now testing the new system. The feature will also a Vacation Responder that checks user's calendar on their behalf to tell people if they aren't working.

If you're interested in testing out Reply and other applications from Area 120 in the future, your best bet is to sign up to join the incubator's Early Access Program.

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