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

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In addition to this, those who use Android Messages will also be able to use it - this time without the required subscription to Fi. Through its Area 120 incubator, Google hopes to bring its AI-driven technology to other chat applications in the future.

It's hard to imagine how quickly Google will be able to finish this project given that it involves bringing it to third-party apps and the fact that Smart Reply still feels limited even on Google's own set of services. If you get a message with more urgent cues like "We're waiting for you". 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.

Google has confirmed the existence of Area 120's Reply app but told TechCrunch it was a very early experiment.

Called Reply, the team wants to include smart replies in basically any messaging app, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack. The Reply software is only available for Android devices and users will have to sign up here in order to try it out for themselves.

To join the beta program for Reply, Android users can simply sign up here. Plus it will have an advanced do not disturb mode that will silence your phone and tell people you can't chat right now, but also scan incoming messages for important stuff so that "Reply can make sure to get your attention even when your phone is silent". There's also an automated Vacation Responder that is able to check the user's calendar and tell people that the user is now not at work.

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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. For those on vacation, the technology will also enable by itself if you allowed it to review your calendar.

Report suggests that Reply app could be used only those who use third party-keyboard other and not Google's Gboard.

Smart Reply is an AI-powered technology that creates automatic response suggestions.

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

The request for testing of the new project came from Area 120, a division of Google that works on experimental products.