Even though Google Allo does not have a user base that is as large as Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp, it has some really cool features when compared to other messaging platforms; one of these features is Smart Replies. Smart Replies are those little bubbles under your Allo conversations that gives users permission to send off automated responses with just the tap of a button. Now, that feature is on its way to Android Messages.
In spite of the fact that this is something that was first spotted in Android messages back in September last year, reports have reached us from our sources that the official Project Fi account just until recently announced that the Smart Replies is officially available for folks to use at the moment.
Now, in case you have never used Allo, Smart Replies are actually pretty dandy. For example, if you get a text from a friend that says there’s a new coffee shop they want to check out, you will see little bubbles underneath that particular message with responses such as “Where’s it at?”, “Cool!”, and “👍.” The Smart Replies you see are generated based on the conversation that is at hand, and this contextual layer to them actually makes it a pretty useful feature that Allo users enjoy.
According to the Project Fi Twitter account, Smart Replies was on its way to its subscribers beginning on the 24th of January, on the other hand, if you’re on another carrier, you may not be able to take advantage of this feature just quite yet. It is a little bit unclear at the present moment if Smart Replies will be working on other carriers with an app update to Android Messages or if it will be reliant on the RCS standard. Our sources have reached out to Google for further clarification; however, until then, we’ll just keep our fingers crossed.