Smart answering machines are finally coming to Android Auto
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(Pocket-lint) – Last December, Google announced that Smart Replies would soon be available in Android Auto. It may have taken a little longer than expected, but it looks like the feature is rolling out.
Several users reported the feature appearing this week, so if you’re eager to use it, you shouldn’t have to wait long.
If you’re unfamiliar with this feature, Smart Reply lets you reply to a message with just a tap, offering a choice of suggested replies.
You may have noticed that Smart Reply Suggestions appear in your Gmail or Google Chat app on your phone, but in a car you’d imagine they’re much more useful.
With the Android Auto update, when you receive a message and tap the notification to have Google read it aloud, you’ll see a few short replies on the screen.
If you tap on a reply, it is sent through the associated messaging app and the notification is cleared. You can also send a reply by voice command or create a custom reply using another button.
Unfortunately, the responses are a little rudimentary at the moment, and the experience is very similar to that offered by Gmail on your phone.
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Sure, they’re helpful from time to time, but sometimes the suggestions border on nonsense. We hope that Google will use its artificial intelligence to further improve the suggestions as the feature matures.
Written by Luke Baker.