Implemented first in Gmail, the Smart Reply feature crafts guess responses depending on the message to which you’re responding. This also found its way to Google’s Allo messaging app, which comes with a button for sending the reply. Other apps like Android Messages have also received the feature implementation, except for notifications. Apparently, the feature will soon arrive for third-party messaging apps. Google, Android Police first reported, will allegedly release the new app Reply app soon.
Google’s experimental product division, Area 120, sent out invites to test Reply. Below, Area 120 explains the reason behind the app through an email sent out to testers:
You probably get a lot of chat messages. And you want to be there for people, but also for people in the real world. What if replying were literally one tap away?
Reply puts the Smart Reply you may know from Google right into notifications from the chat apps you use most often. It looks like this:
But it also adds replies that are slightly smarter, like this:
Other things to try:
Do Not Disturb. When you’re driving, Reply can silence your phone and tell people who message you that you can’t chat right now
Don’t miss the important stuff. When you get an urgent message like “We’re waiting for you!” Reply can make sure to get your attention even when your phone is silent.
Vacation responder. Reply can check your calendar and tell people if you’re not working.
Your Favorite Chat Apps: Reply works with Hangouts, Allo, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack.
A recent Gboard teardown reveals part of Reply functionality coming from the keyboard app. AndroidPolice notes that since Reply invokes some features from Gboard, this might be for people who don’t use Google’s keyboard app.
Google Reply app availability
To sign up for more information, click here. Google hasn’t sent out the APKs to anyone, yet, so keep posted.