Area 120's vision is to have Reply take over all the busy work when it comes to responding to messages of all kinds.
The Reply app is from Area 120, a group at Google focused on quickly iterated experimental products that the public are able to test.
In another screenshot that Area 120 shared, the team shows that Reply can take Smart Replies and elevate them to the next level.
In an email to the volunteers, Area 120 said, "You probably get a lot of messages". For example, if a user receives a message like "We're waiting for you!" The Reply app will allow user to send instant and smart replies directly from the notification bar without having the need to even open that app. Pretty soon, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and other apps will offer smart automated replies.
Now, Area 120, the experimental team inside Google, wants to bring its contextual replies to other chat-based platforms like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Love it, or hate it, but the Smart Reply feature in Google's Gmail is a boon to those who are inundated with hundreds of emails on a daily basis. The Reply software is only available for Android devices and users will have to sign up here in order to try it out for themselves. Also, when a user gets an urgent message, Reply will ensure that the notification gets the user's attention even if their phone is silent.
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First introduced in Gmail's Inbox, it gives users a choice of three responses to choose from based on the results of millions of email replies.
The project, like all Area 120 projects, is unrelated to any broader developments at Google - in this case, that means it's not directly tied to Google's messaging efforts. The feature will also a Vacation Responder that checks user's calendar on their behalf to tell people if they aren't working.
It should be noted that Android Messages, as mentioned, has already received Smart Reply support.
The app is named "Reply", and invitations to test it have been sent out by Area 120.
Announced in a blog post, the tech giant said the feature is now in a test period, meaning only a handful of news outlets like CNN, The Washington Post and Mashable, have the chance to embed publisher-made stories into search results.
The project is still in very early stages of development, and not much is known about it, other than the fact that it exists.