Search and software giant Google seems to be testing the smart replies feature for third-party apps including WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Allo, and more with the help of its in-house keyboard app, Gboard. The company gradually developed and consolidated a number of separate apps to create a comprehensive Gboard experience after initially launching it for iOS more than two years back. The company has continued to keep adding new features to the app with time including the latest update adding the ability to create GIFs without the need for any third party app.
Though, GIF creation is not the only update that the company has added with the new update. According to a report by xda, the company seems to have added “smart” along with email address auto-completion in the app. The report points out that this feature “is nearing completion” as Gboard starts testing smart replies in third-party messaging apps. To try out the smart reply feature, users need to open a notification that comes with a quick reply box and then tapping on the suggestion to enable the smart reply feature in the autocomplete bar of Gboard. Gboard will then ask the user to grant the app access to all the notifications.
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The report notes that smart replies to messages will work in Android Messages, Facebook Messenger, Facebook Messenger Lite, Google Allo, Google Hangouts, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and WeChat. The report pointed out that developers had to tear down the latest version of Gboard to receive the list of all the supported apps. It also pointed out that Google still seems to be tweaking with the TensorFlow machine learning model that is used to power smart replies.
This report comes months after the company launched a separate “Reply” app to add the Smart Replies feature to a number of third-party apps. The only difference is that the “Reply” app will work on all the other apps regardless of what keyboard app that you are using even though it introduces a number of bugs while dismissing Android notifications.