comscore Google Reply is a fun messaging assistant for WhatsApp, Messenger and Slack you always wanted
News

Google Reply is a fun messaging assistant for WhatsApp, Messenger and Slack you always wanted

Google's new Reply app adds smart replies to your chat notifications.

google reply lead image

Last week, we came across reports that Google s Area 120 division has been working on an AI-powered app called Reply that will add smart and meaningful replies to your chat notifications. Google had already brought this on Inbox by Google and Gmail app, and now Reply is a standalone app compatible with other messaging applications. The search giant has started testing the beta version of the app with select Android users. Also Read - Flipkart Big Saving Days 2021 sale: Top deals on mobile phones to look at

Also Read - Tips to prevent unknown users from adding you to WhatsApp groups

The app will work with popular messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Slack, Skype, Facebook Messenger, and Google Hangouts among others. I thought of giving the app a test drive, and side loaded it on my Android smartphone, using the APK file from APKMirror, courtesy of AndroidPolice. Here s how to set up, a look at its features, and first impressions of Google s Reply app. Also Read - WhatsApp tips: How to make video call on WhatsApp via laptop or PC

How to set up, and key features of Google Reply

After you download and install the app on your smartphone, you ll need to sign-in with your Google credentials. Next, you will also need to grant notifications access to the app, and finally enable location too. You will need to add your home and office address (or drop location), so it can calculate the time with traffic, and suggest replies accordingly. However, the option hasn t been activated yet for beta version.

Next, you need to turn on context awareness too. So, say you are on vacation, and it is already added to your calendar, when someone asks whether you are working or not, it will automatically respond saying you are not working and will be back on so and so date. Similarly, if you have added a meeting in your calendar for 1:00PM, and someone asks you out for lunch at 1:00PM, the app will respond accordingly.

For urgent messages or when the app detects seriousness, the app will not only make a loud noise, but also make the phone vibrate continuously to get your attention. Lastly, based on your phone s accelerometer, the app can also detect if you are biking or in a vehicle, and respond accordingly. There is one reply called sleeping , but it is unclear how the app will detect that. It is likely that the app calculates the resting time when the phone is placed on a bed or a table.

Initial impressions

Artificial Intelligence (AI), and sectors such as Machine Learning and Deep Learning have opened up a number of possibilities. Google has already been using AI in its Assistant and also on Pixel smartphone cameras for adding DSLR like bokeh effects to your photos. While all of that has been impressive so far, the Google Reply could be another hero product from the company.

I tested the app under different scenarios, on different messaging apps. Starting with WhatsApp, if someone texts you saying Hi or Hey, the app will offer recommendation like What s up?. If someone asks you a question Wanna watch at movie tomorrow night?, it will look for any calendar appointments, and if you re not doing anything, it will recommend replies such as Sure, What time?, or Sure, What time?

And then things get little exciting. I mostly reply people saying acha or sahi hai or with a smiley and the reply suggestions were exactly that. Of course, there is Machine Learning at work, with Google likely feeding data from other ventures such as GBoard keyboard.

Next, I also had a conversation with a colleague on Slack and the suggestions were impressive. When he asked me what time I was going to the office, the replies were leaving now, not sure, and whenever you want. Asking about lunch plans, well I didn t have any, and the suggestions were similar. Surprisingly, when asked in Hindi as to when I was leaving from office, the app offered suggestions such as 7 baje, no idea, and Monday. Monday was a bit off, but 7 baje is exactly when I leave from office every day.

I even tried it on Facebook Messenger, and when asked about a road trip, the suggestions were Yes, sure and When? Again, the context of the question did mention March 10, and there was no reason to suggest when, rather I would expect not sure, or no but as the app is in beta, we will have to give some time till the final rollout happens. Also, when asked in Hindi if I want to watch Black Panther, the reply suggestions were in Hindi, as you can see, and it is really impressive.

With usage of less than a day, I am enjoying the app and the reply suggestions it offers. They are smart, context aware and here to make things easier for you. For fast and smart replies, you can directly reply from notifications, without having to open the app and type it. It remains to be seen how much Google can improve the app over the coming months.

For the latest tech news across the world, latest PC and Mobile games, tips & tricks, top-notch gadget reviews of most exciting releases follow BGR India’s Facebook, Twitter, subscribe our YouTube Channel. Also follow us on  Facebook Messenger for latest updates.
  • Published Date: February 22, 2018 1:52 PM IST



new arrivals in india

Tecno Pova 2
Tecno Pova 2

10,999

Infinix Smart 5A
Infinix Smart 5A

6,499

Micromax In 2b
Micromax In 2b

8,999

Vivo Y72 5G
Vivo Y72 5G

20,990

Tecno Camon 17
Tecno Camon 17

12,999

Tecno Camon 17 Pro
Tecno Camon 17 Pro

16,999

Realme C11 2021
Realme C11 2021

6,999

Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G

39,990

Oppo Reno6 5G
Oppo Reno6 5G

29,990

Samsung Galaxy M21 2021
Samsung Galaxy M21 2021

12,499

OnePlus Nord 2
OnePlus Nord 2

27,999

Poco F3 GT
Poco F3 GT

27,999

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

19,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10T 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F22
Samsung Galaxy F22

12,499

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

21,999

Infinix Note 10 Pro
Infinix Note 10 Pro

16,999

Infinix Note 10
Infinix Note 10

10,999

Vivo Y73
Vivo Y73

20,990

OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus Nord CE 5G

22,999

iQOO Z3
iQOO Z3

19,990

Realme C25s
Realme C25s

9,999

Poco M3 Pro 5G
Poco M3 Pro 5G

13,999

Realme X7 Max 5G
Realme X7 Max 5G

26,999

Oppo F19
Oppo F19

18,990

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion
Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

13,999

POCO M2 Reloaded
POCO M2 Reloaded

9,499

OPPO A74 5G
OPPO A74 5G

17,990

Oppo A53s 5G
Oppo A53s 5G

14,990

Vivo V21 5G
Vivo V21 5G

29,990

Realme C25
Realme C25

9,499

Realme C21
Realme C21

7,999

Realme C20
Realme C20

6,799

Motorola Moto G60
Motorola Moto G60

17,999

iQOO 7
iQOO 7

31,990

Samsung Galaxy M42 5G
Samsung Galaxy M42 5G

21,999

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

69,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G
Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro 5G

39,999

Xiaomi Mi 11X
Xiaomi Mi 11X

29,999

Realme 8 5G
Realme 8 5G

13,999

Samsung Galaxy F02s
Samsung Galaxy F02s

8,999

Samsung Galaxy F12
Samsung Galaxy F12

10,999

POCO X3 Pro
POCO X3 Pro

18,999

Realme 8 Pro
Realme 8 Pro

17,999

Realme 8
Realme 8

14,999

Vivo X60 Pro Plus
Vivo X60 Pro Plus

69,990

Vivo X60 Pro
Vivo X60 Pro

49,990

Vivo X60
Vivo X60

37,990

OnePlus 9 Pro 5G
OnePlus 9 Pro 5G

64,999

OnePlus 9R 5G
OnePlus 9R 5G

39,999

OnePlus 9 5G
OnePlus 9 5G

49,999

Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72

34,999

Samsung Galaxy A52
Samsung Galaxy A52

26,499

Micromax In 1
Micromax In 1

10,499

Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5

49,999

Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Galaxy M12

10,999

Motorola Moto G30
Motorola Moto G30

10,999

Motorola Moto G10 Power
Motorola Moto G10 Power

9,999

Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G
Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

25,990

Oppo F19 Pro
Oppo F19 Pro

21,490

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Max

18,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

15,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

11,999

Realme Narzo 30A
Realme Narzo 30A

8,999

Realme Narzo 30 Pro
Realme Narzo 30 Pro

16,999

Infinix Smart 5
Infinix Smart 5

7,199

Samsung Galaxy F62
Samsung Galaxy F62

23,999

Samsung Galaxy A12
Samsung Galaxy A12

12,999

Nokia 5.4
Nokia 5.4

13,999

Nokia 3.4
Nokia 3.4

11,999

Realme X7 Pro 5G
Realme X7 Pro 5G

29,999

Realme X7
Realme X7

19,999

Vivo Y31
Vivo Y31

16,490

Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G
Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

35,990

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

1,05,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus 5G

81,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G

69,999

Vivo Y12s
Vivo Y12s

9,990

Vivo Y51A
Vivo Y51A

17,990

Samsung Galaxy M02s
Samsung Galaxy M02s

8,999

Xiaomi Mi 10i
Xiaomi Mi 10i

21,999

Oppo A15s
Oppo A15s

11,490

Tecno Spark 6 Go
Tecno Spark 6 Go

8,499

Vivo V20 2021
Vivo V20 2021

24,990

Vivo Y20A
Vivo Y20A

11,490

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power
Xiaomi Redmi 9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

11,999

Motorola Moto G 5G
Motorola Moto G 5G

20,999

Vivo V20 Pro
Vivo V20 Pro

29,990

Xiaomi Mi 10T
Xiaomi Mi 10T

35,999

Xiaomi Redmi 9i
Xiaomi Redmi 9i

8,299

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

39,999

Infinix Hot 10
Infinix Hot 10

9,999

Vivo V20 SE
Vivo V20 SE

20,990

Vivo V20
Vivo V20

24,990

Micromax In 1b
Micromax In 1b

6,999

Best Sellers