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Google to Launch Tools to Build Chat Bots in Messaging Apps at I/O 2016: Report

Google to Launch Tools to Build Chat Bots in Messaging Apps at I/O 2016: Report
Highlights
  • Facebook and Microsoft have already introduced chat bots.
  • Chat bots answer questions and offer information while texting.
  • Google will reportedly offer tools to make bots for messaging apps.

Google is reportedly planning to leverage chat bots by providing software intelligence to developers to build them. At Google I/O 2016, the company is reportedly going to unveil tools for software developers that will help them build chat bots inside messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Hangout.

Chat bots are essentially personal assistant style interactive software powered by artificial intelligence. An example would be a bot within a messaging app that offers information, answers questions, and performs tasks without leaving the app. Google appears to be using its strength in artificial intelligence to give the developers' tools to make messaging apps more interactive by building chat bots for them.

The Information reports, "Essentially, Google wants to get into the bot-making business more broadly than people realized, and in a way that's similar to Microsoft's strategy, and relying on its strengths in artificial intelligence to convince developers to use its tools."

These chat bots decrease interaction on the smartphone, making it all available on one app. For example, an e-commerce chat app will shows suggestions based on what you text and allow you to purchase a product without leaving the app. Facebook and Microsoft have already dived into the chat bots market, and Google is following suit, albeit not soon enough.

Recently, Facebook introduced chat bots in its Messenger app, but they haven't yet taken off like the company would've hoped. Chat bots are still in its early stages, and Google's entry into the market will really help bolster this technology further.

Google does not have its own messaging app, and clearly missed the bandwagon, when apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and WeChat shot to fame. The tech supreme is now trying to settle with software tools for creating chat bots, a department Google clearly reigns in.

Google is expected to make some sort of an announcement at the I/O on Wednesday vis-a-vis chat bots. The search conglomerate is also expected to announce final version on Android N, the two Nexus smartphones, a revamped Cardboard, an Android VR headset, and possibly a demo of the prolonged Project Ara.
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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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