A Google R&D team wants to bring Smart Reply to all your chat apps

Smart Reply, the clever A.I.-powered technology that automatically creates responses to your inbound messages, first debuted in Google’s email client Inbox over two years ago, before later rolling out to Gmail, Android Messages on Project Fi, and Allo. Now, a team inside Google’s internal incubator Area 120 is working to bring the Smart Reply feature to other chat applications.

The newly announced project is simply called “Reply” and will initially be available for Android users, according to Reply’s sign-up form on the web.The included screenshots in Reply’s announcement (delivered to testers via email) show Reply working within Google Hangouts and Android Messages. Here, it offers suggested responses to questions like “Are you at the restaurant?” or “When can you be...