Despite being adopted by at least some users, Google’s Allo chat app hasn’t exactly been the resounding success. Thankfully, Google seems to believe in reincarnation, as some of Allo’s more useful features are being brought into other Google platforms. Announced yesterday by the Google Project Fi Twitter account, Allo’s Smart Reply feature is being brought to Android Messages — but only for phones on Project Fi, which the the company’s mobile virtual network operator.
— Project Fi (@projectfi) January 24, 2018
Android Messages is the default text messaging app on many
The process takes advantage of Google’s machine learning capabilities. Smart Reply analyzes your conversation, noting the tone and content of the chat, and suggests a number of replies based on what it think you’ll want to say. It can even offer up quick messages in response to photos — as the technology can understand the context of a photo. For example, if a friend sends a picture of a corgi, you may get a Smart Reply offering, “cute corgi!” These messages will improve and adapt to your chatting style over time.
As we mentioned, Smart Reply support in Android Messages is restricted to phones on Google’s Project Fi network. That’s an unfortunately small pool to pick from: The Pixel smartphones, a few Nexus phones, or the Moto X4. It’s likely the feature will eventually roll out to everyone using
Allo was announced back in 2016 alongside three other chat apps, and despite the fact that Allo worked pretty well, Google failed to provide any real distinction between the six available chat apps that it had out at one time. It hasn’t exploded in popularity, despite desktop support and continued patches to allow for more language support.
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