11 October 2018
Google has announced that it has ended support for experimental app Reply. It means the app will not receive any new updates or fixes going forward. But whatever feedback was collected by the team during the app's lifetime will be implemented in other Google apps and services.
The Reply app was released by Google's Area 120 division earlier this year. The motive of the app was to bring smart reply suggestions to all instant messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Slack, and Telegram. It used to show reply suggestions in the notification panel which eventually helped users save time. These suggestions were offered on the basis of the message received and conversation context.
In an email sent to Reply beta testers, Google said,
"As you know, Reply was an experiment, and that experiment has now ended. While it might still work for the next few months, you may encounter bugs, or see that the suggestions aren’t as good.”
Google is expected to integrate Reply app's feedback with Gmail features like Smart Compose and Smart Reply. Additionally, we can hope to see such features arriving in other Google apps and services.