Google wants to bring Smart Reply to every chat app

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Google is working on bringing smart replies, the feature which it first introduced to Inbox back in 2015, to all messaging apps so that people can reply to friends with just the tap of a button from their notifications.

Reply will use location and traffic information to help craft more specific smart replies, the announcement said. The new system that Google is working on will let people use this feature in a range of other apps, including WhatsApp, Allo, Facebook Messenger, Android messages, Skype, direct messages on Twitter and Slack.

The technology can tell others if a user is on holiday by checking a calendar and replying accordingly. 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. Do you wish a robot could free you of your constant communication obligations via WhatsApp, Facebook or text messages?

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

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"You probably get a lot of chat messages". An example would be receiving messages while driving; using your phone's Global Positioning System and Bluetooth sensors, Smart Reply would know you are in your auto.

One of the features of Inbox and Gmail that Google rolled out a couple of years ago is Smart Reply. As of now, smart replies aren't shown in notifications, but with Reply, users will be able to send smart replies directly from the notifications list.

There's also "Don't miss the important stuff" to ensure the user does get important messages even when the phone is on silent. The new project is still in its early development and Google may not even make it widely available outside of its Area 120 testers.

Now it appears as though Google wants to bring its Smart Reply feature to other messaging apps as well.

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.