One of Google Allo’s biggest features, when compared to regular SMS texting, was the AI-powered Smart Replies that Google brought over from Google Assistant. But if you, like most people, don’t actually use Allo, you’ll soon be able to take advantage of smart replies in the regular Android Messages app, as announced by the Project Fi Twitter account.
The feature seems to work similarly to how it does in Allo, Gmail, or Assistant: Google analyzes the text of the conversation, and automatically generates contextual responses in the messaging app that you can select for quick replies. It would seem that to use the feature, Google would require access to your SMS history in addition to all the other personal data that the company has. We’ve reached out to confirm exactly how this process will work.
For now, Google has confirmed that Smart Reply for Android Messages is only rolling out for Project Fi users.