Google Assistant Spotted Being Tested in Android Messages

Google Assistant Spotted Being Tested in Android Messages

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Google Assistant is also integrated into its Allo app.

Highlights
  • Developer Kieron Quinn first spotted this feature
  • It should come in Android Messages soon
  • Google recently also announced RCS-based Chat platform as well

In a new development, Google is reportedly testing Google Assistant support in Android Messages. Google Assistant, the company's AI assistant, present on most Android devices of today, will now be integrated into Android Messages for helping in chat conversations. Apart from phones, Google Assistant is also integrated into the Allo chat app, and its Google Home smart speaker range as well. The new feature was spotted by a developer, and after Google is satisfied with its testing, it should be available for all Android Messages users as well.

Developer Kieron Quinn of Mighty Quinn Apps first enabled this support in Android Messages, and XDA Developers were able to test it out as well. They were able to ask Google Assistant to show the weather and recommend restaurants nearby as well. It seems to work in a similar manner as it does on Allo, and it makes us wonder if Google is bringing all Allo features to Android Messages, and killing off Allo altogether.

A few months ago, Google also confirmed that it is "pausing investment" in its Allo app, and is transferring the entire workforce to other projects and shifting all resources to the Android Messages team. The tech giant also announced its long awaited RCS-based SMS replacement platform called Chat - a "carrier-based service" that will be turned on by default inside the Android Messages app. While it is set to take on the likes of WhatsApp and Telegram, it will not offer end-to-end encryption as it follows SMS-like legal intercept standards. With the help of Chat, Google can now include several smart features inside Android Messages like Smart Replies, GIFs and stickers, Google Photos integration, better message search, group chats, a Web interface that's similar to the WhatsApp's - using a QR code to sign in, and the above tested Google Assistant support.

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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com. More
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