Smart Reply is an artificial intelligence (A.I.) powered technology that automatically creates responses to a user’s inbound messages. It made its debut in Google’s email client inbox around two years ago, eventually reaching Gmail, Android messages on Project Fi, and finally, Allo. In the latest development, Google’s internal incubator Area 120 is attempting to bring this feature to all chat applications.
This current project is titled “Reply” and its availability will initially be restricted to Android users. It will offer suggested responses to questions like “Are you at the restaurant?,” or “When can you be home?” To come up with these suggestions, ‘Reply’ will take into consideration the user’s current location and the time it will perhaps take in going from one place to another.
Notably, Reply won’t be exclusively for Google’s own messaging apps. Going by the statement made by Area 120, the plan is to offer support for Reply within numerous mainstream chat apps such as Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Hangouts, Allow, Twitter DMs, and Skype, among others.
“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. “Like all other projects within Area 120, it’s a very early experiment so there aren’t many details to share right now.”