Android Messages Smart Reply feature coming back, Google confirms
Automatically generated short responses come in handy many a times. And today, several popular apps offer this feature, including Google’s Android Messages. But recently, users of the app started noticing that the Smart Reply setting has been pulled from the app.
Shortly thereafter, reputed tech media publication Android Police confirmed the feature has indeed been removed. This was a bit surprising given that there was no word from Google on why this useful functionality was taken away. Well, now the company has not only shared the reason for this, but has also confirmed the feature is coming back.
A Googler by the name of Sagel took to a Google forum thread where missing Smart Reply feature was being discussed, and disclosed some valuable information on the matter. Their first message from a few days back confirmed straight away that smart replies are coming back.
Hi, I’m from the Android Messages team. We’ll be bringing back Smart Reply very soon, sorry for the hiccup!
As for the reason behind the move, this is what they said yesterday:
We had to turn off smart replies for all users on Android Messages 3.7 due to a bug. This does not just affect Pixel 3 users, though since the rollout of 3.7 happened during Pixel 3’s first sales some users may go from another device where smart reply worked to a Pixel 3 where it doesn’t since they got the update to 3.7 on the new device.
It will be restored as soon as we can push a 3.7 build without the bug which we will do as soon as possible, hopefully today
And today, they said the feature will begin rolling out.
This fix will be rolling out very soon (an hour or two). When you get that update smart replies should be back. If you don’t see them, please let me know!
I tried checking the Smart Reply setting on Android Messages version 3.7.052, but couldn’t find it. May be the roll out is still not complete. Are you seeing the feature at your end? Let us know in comments below.
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