Exhausted of texting? Google tests robot to chat with friends for you

A Google R&D team wants to bring Smart Reply to all your chat apps

The announcements also unveiled that Reply working with Google Hangouts and Android Messages.

"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.

The Reply app is from Area 120, a group at Google focused on quickly iterated experimental products that the public are able to test.

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Smart Reply is not something new. 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. If you have never used them before, they are AI-powered responses to messages you receive from others. The smart reply will make reply easier but Google would require access to your history to identify the type of response you most probably like to give. That means Reply won't come in the form of a standalone app like, say, Google Duo, but merely a feature baked into a variety of chat apps.

Google is working on a new messaging app that adds smart replies to all chat apps. But the feature has not been made available to all Android Messages users as of yet. This is a nifty feature that uses AI to scan the contents of your email, and based on that it will provide users with a bunch of different reply options that are appropriate to the email.

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.

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Reply will include a variety of other automated features, too. The new project is still in its early development and Google may not even make it widely available outside of its Area 120 testers.

Google confirmed the experiment is in the works, but wouldn't speak to other details like the team members building Reply at Area 120 or the time to launch.

Google's Area 120, a workshop for experimental products under development at the Mountain View firm, is now testing the new system. The app is now only being offered to Android users as part of a test, which select people have been invited to. And you want to be there for people, but also for people in the real world.

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

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