Show of hands, how many of you use Allo? Maybe a spattering of you reading this are in the category of Allo users, but by and large, most probably aren't. Well, the good news for those of you who don't and who are Android users is that Google is bringing one of Allo's most popular features over to Android messaging—Smart Replies. However, not all Android users are getting this, at least not initially.
For the time being, the Smart Reply feature on Android is only available to users of Google's Project Fi service, which is a relatively inexpensive phone plan that seamlessly bounces subscribers between three 4G LTE networks and around 1 million secure Wi-Fi hotspots.
Messaging on the go? Smart Reply for Android Messages lets you text with a tap, rolling out starting today on Project Fi. pic.twitter.com/FRYO4hu9Ah— Project Fi (@projectfi) January 24, 2018
Sometimes it works really well, and sometimes the results can be quirky. Either way, it's neat that Google is leveraging AI for simple tasks—it doesn't always have to be about taking down Go champions and decimating chess opponents. That said, Google is juggling several different mobile messaging services, including Hangouts, Android Messages, and Allo, each with different features. We have to wonder if Google might eventually combine all three into a single platform at some point.