Hands-on with Reply, Googles new smart reply app

Last week, we reported about one of Googles newest products being tested at Area 120. The app is called Reply and allows Googles predictive reply algorithm to work with non-Google messaging apps like Whatsapp, Twitter DMs, or Facebook Messenger.

Today, the app has leaked onto APK Mirror where anyone can download and set it up, all you need is to set it up with a Google Account. Weve set it up on our Google Pixel 2 XL and have gone through the setup so you take a look at what the app offers.

In order for the app to work, it needs permission to see your notifications. Also, for best results, youll want to enable location so the app can detect how far you are from work or home for quick replies pertaining to someone asking of your whereabouts or how late youll be to work. It can also do vacation replies based on your calendar.

Location can also be used to detect when youre driving or riding a bike to automatically reply for you that youre busy and will take a moment before replying. There are more options like on a train, walking, sleeping, and during a meeting. Actually, the app is not able to know when youre asleep, but Google included it in there as a way to see how many people select the option, showing interest.

In the event that the app detects you are driving, or riding bike. It will automatically place your device on Do Not Disturb and will send an automatic reply. This reply will start with a robot emoji so the recipient will know it was an automated message.

Currently, the Reply app will work with Android Messages (SMS), Facebook Messenger, Skype, Twitter DMs, and WhatsApp. You can sideload the app from APKMirror if youre feeling up for it.

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