Google to bring Allo's Smart Reply feature to third party apps

Google to bring Allo's Smart Reply feature to third party apps

Lindsey Duncan
February 14, 2018

In addition to this, those who use Android Messages will also be able to use it - this time without the required subscription to Fi.

"Reply puts the Smart Reply you may know from Google right into notifications from the chat apps you use most often". Like all other projects within Area 120, it's a very early experiment so there aren't many details to share right now.

Smart Reply is not something new.

"You probably get a lot of chat messages". Smart Reply will offer contextual responses - as one would expect - to messages, allowing the user to select the appropriate one right from the notification pop-up.

The email outlined a few features of the Reply app.

According to a test sign-up form for Reply, the feature will be available on chat apps including Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, WhatsApp, Skype, Slack, Line, and WeChat.

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One of the features of Inbox and Gmail that Google rolled out a couple of years ago is Smart Reply. It should be noted that Reply will only be available on Android for the time being. Meanwhile, Reply's "Vacation responder" can check a calendar and tell people if you're not working. Also, when a user gets an urgent message, Reply will ensure that the notification gets the user's attention even if their phone is silent. The feature was created to automatically suggest quick replies to emails based on the context of the messages received by the user. Not all Android Messages users are able to access Smart Reply.

The project, like all Area 120 projects, is unrelated to any broader developments at Google - in this case, that means it's not directly tied to Google's messaging efforts. Offering similar technology across a range of apps - and potentially only for Android users - could help push some users to adopt Android over iOS; or could prompt them to move to Gmail when they see how useful Smart Reply technology can be.

As TechCrunch points out, Smart Reply already works on Android Messages for those on Project Fi, but the plan is to roll it out on a wider scale.

Google's internal incubator is working to expand the functionality into other major chat apps.

The project is still in very early stages of development, and not much is known about it, other than the fact that it exists.