11 December 2018
Google debuted Smart Reply feature with the release of email management app Inbox about a couple of years ago. The feature is aimed at offering contextual reply suggestions based on the ongoing conversation to help users save time. Since it's debut, it has been expanded to other apps like Allo and Messages. But now, Google has plans of taking it to the next level by offering Smart Reply feature to all chat apps available out there.
As reported by Android Police, Google is working on testing a new app called Reply. The goal of the app will be to offer smart and contextual reply suggestions directly in notifications. It means while there will be a new app to install, it will work directly from notifications and users would not have switch between their chat app and smart reply app. This approach also makes sense considering that the main goal of smart replies is to save time.
The exact details regarding the app are still highly scarce as Google is currently on seeking testers for the initial phase of testing. Here are a couple of screenshots that Google shared included in the invite email to give an idea of how the Reply app would work.
As you can notice from screenshots, the app will not only be able to offer straightforward replies but also a little more complicated ones. The second image shows that Reply is able to predict how much time it might take for the user to reach the home. The app will be compatible with at least all of the popular chatting apps including the likes of Hangouts, Allo, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DM, and Slack.
Google is currently looking out for people who would be willing to try out the app before and if it comes to the public. If you are interested, you can make use of this form to send your application and wait to see if you get selected.