Google's Area 120 Testing Smart Reply Feature for Android Text Messages

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

According to TechCrunch, Reply isn't a standalone app, rather it's simply a way to respond to messages - though how that works is unclear, surely an app is required? Google seems to be testing an app called 'Reply, ' which adds smart replies to other messaging apps. Area 120, an experimental program inside Google, developed the new Reply project for this exact goal.

Smart Reply is not something new.

In an email to the volunteers, Area 120 said, "You probably get a lot of messages". "Alert messages" feature in which if your phone is silent and you have a prior meeting or work, your phone will give you update on that event. The shared mail highlights some of the key features of the Reply app like the app can mute your phone while you're driving and reply to anyone who sends you text that you can't chat right now.

Google's internal incubator, Area 120, is working hard to incorporate this functionality into chat apps such as Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages (for all carriers), Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack. But the feature has not been made available to all Android Messages users as of yet. It will also be able to override your phone's silent mode in the case of an emergency or more urgent message.


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. The new project is still in its early development and Google may not even make it widely available outside of its Area 120 testers.

Report suggests that Reply app could be used only those who use third party-keyboard other and not Google's Gboard. The app is now only being offered to Android users as part of a test, which select people have been invited to.

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. Reply will be able to silence users' phone when they are driving, and it will also inform people who send a message that the user can not chat at the moment. Smart reply offers automated replies, and like any AI-powered feature, it can be correct at times, or off the mark at various instances. "Like all other projects within Area 120, it's a very early experiment so there aren't many details to share right now".

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