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Tired of feeling obligated to respond to so many text messages from friends and family members every day? Google is reportedly testing a reply robot that can respond to messages.

Google's new Smart Reply feature can respond to multiple messaging apps, such as Google Allo, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack, and Twitter.

Google's Reply Robot Will Respond To Text Messages

Called Smart Reply, Google's on a mission to provide easy access to one-tap responses, in addition to automatic replies, so users can let friends and family members know when they are busy and can't respond to text messages.

Developed by Area 120, a group focused on creating the AI-based robot, the goal of Reply is to help people become more involved in the real world.

"You probably get a lot of chat messages. And you want to be there for people, but also for people in the real world. What if replying were literally one tap away? Reply puts the Smart Reply you may know from Google right into notifications from the chat apps you use most often."

Reply's Do Not Disturb For Drivers' Safety

The Smart Reply team highlights a new Disturb mode, which makes it easy to put away messages so drivers can focus on what's in front of them. When smartphone owners are driving, Reply can put phones on silent so people don't feel like they have to chat right away.

A Vacation Responder mode also checks for upcoming events to inform friends and family if a person is busy or not. Making it much easier to plan for upcoming social events, such as birthday parties, weddings, and other gatherings.

When smartphone owners get an urgent message such as "We're waiting for you!", Google's smart Reply can send messages on behalf of a user, even if a phone is on silent.

Reply has the ability to answer questions like "Are you at the restaurant?" and "When can you be home?"

We're not sure when Google plans to make Smart Reply available to the public. We do know the company is currently seeking testers for the new feature. Those interested in testing out Google's latest feature can sign up to test Reply. It's good to keep in mind that not everyone gets selected for testing out new features.

Smart Reply has become one of the most popular features in Gmail's Inbox, especially among people who receive a ton of emails while on the go. Initially, the project is being tested on Android devices. However, there's probably potential for Google to make Reply available on iOS.

Tech Times reached out to Google, but we're still waiting on comment.

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