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Google’s Experimental ‘Reply’ Feature Aims To Text Your Friends Back For You

Google’s Experimental ‘Reply’ Feature Aims To Text Your Friends Back For You

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Google’s experimental product lab ‘Area 120’ is reportedly testing a new system called ‘Reply’.

‘Reply’ aims to replicate and improve the smart AI-based suggested responses that are already found in Google’s Gmail and Allo apps.

According to The Guardian, it will use the same system for the suggested one-tap answers, but “it will go further, taking your location, your calendar and other bits of information into account.”

The system can figure out what people are saying and suggest several machine-produced answers. For example, ‘Reply’ will use your location and send an immediate response to “When can you be home?” by using your preferred transportation and the time taken to reach home.

It can also inform others about when you will be away on holiday, by syncing with your calendar and replying appropriately, as well as scan for incoming messages to retrieve important information that you would not want to miss.

A Google representative told TechCrunch, “Like all other projects within Area 120, [Reply is] a very early experiment so there aren’t many details to share right now.” 

The feature will roll out with Android users first, and become available on apps including Hangouts, Allo, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack. 

[via The Guardian, opening image via Shutterstock]

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