+ Friday August 23rd, 2019

Back at MWC we had an early look at the integration of Google Assistant into Messages but as is often the way we were not given a timeline on delivery for users. It seems that has now been answered with a number of sites reporting that there are code snippets in the latest APK showing that changes are ready for the server side options to be turned on with some users already seeing the options live.

From the demo we had previously, the functionality will be similar to Allo in that Assistant can’t be directly triggered in Messages. Rather it is (like other Google Devices) scanning for keywords that allow it to have some meaningful and contextual input into the conversation you’re having at the time which will include suggestions of restaurants if you’ve suggested dinner or movies to see if that’s been suggested. The Assistant options will pop up on your screen as a smart reply option based on a number of AI processed variables.

It is undoubtedly a bit step forward in messaging capabilities. My only question is who uses SMS regularly versus the plethora of messaging platforms at our disposal in the current era? Will this addition bring people back to SMS more often (let’s face it we all have that friend or relative who insists on using SMS including for sending pictures)?

Source: Android Police.

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Phil is an Android enthusiast who spends most of his time reading up on U.S. Android news so he can get the low down on what could possibly hit Australian shores. Coming from a background in IT & T sales, he’s in the perfect position to give an educated view on hardware and software.

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Tibb So
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I only use SMS because getting people onto Signal is near impossible and I refuse to have WhatsCrap, FB Messenger or any other contact stealing app on my main devices.

An older phone has been repurposed as my socials phone but it doesn’t have my normal Google account on it and therefore no access to my contacts, etc. This phone has Facebook, Instagram, etc. and I usually leave it sitting on my desk at home. I’m not some desperate tragic that needs social media access at my fingertips 24/7.

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We all have that friend or relative who thinks they’re a real hipster because they use an app that’s soooo coooool dude.

Matthew McQuilty
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I still use SMS more than any other platform, simply because it is universal. If everyone of my family and friends was on one platform then, sure, I’d happily switch. Until then, unencrypted morse code is my go-to. So this will be useful, even if only for me.

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