For the uninitiated, Smart Reply is Google's clever artificial intelligence-based feature that generates a set of clickable replies based on the context of the message. It will be able to prioritise information and send a notification if the AI deems it important, like if the message says "Where are you?"
Google's Area 120, a workshop for experimental products under development at the Mountain View firm, is now testing the new system.
In an email to the volunteers, Area 120 said, "You probably get a lot of messages". Smart reply offers automated replies, and like any AI-powered feature, it can be correct at times, or off the mark at various instances.
The newly announced project is simply called "Reply" and will initially be available for Android users, according to Reply's sign-up form on the web. Not only that, the technology also takes into account your current location. "Vacations mode" feature which checked your calendar and then responds to the people that you are on vacations or not available, will also be included. The project, simply called "Reply", will allow users who sign up - now available to Android users only - the ability to use "smart replies" in their favorite mainstream chat applications like Facebook Messenger, Skype, Twitter's Direct Message feature, Whatsapp, and Hangouts. For example, if a user receives a message like "We're waiting for you!"
Now it appears as though Google wants to bring its Smart Reply feature to other messaging apps as well. Smart Reply would even be able to break out of your phone's silent mode if a message came in that seemed urgent, such as, "We're all here, where are you?" or "I am in the dungeon of the castle, my name is Zelda, please help me".
Google has confirmed the existence of Area 120's Reply app but told TechCrunch it was a very early experiment.
If you're interested in testing out Reply and other applications from Area 120 in the future, your best bet is to sign up to join the incubator's Early Access Program.
"Reply puts the Smart Reply you may know from Google right into notifications from the chat apps you use most often", the invitation reads.