Google’s Gboard keyboard for iOS and Android packs a bunch of helpful options, nevertheless it’s not versatile sufficient to get me to change from SwiftKey. Nonetheless, it seems to be like the corporate is engaged on including a ‘Good Reply’ function to the keyboard, and if it occurs, it’ll in all probability do the trick and convert me.

Good Reply is already out there in sure Google apps, like Inbox, Gmail, and Allo. Now, 9to5Google has noticed code that particulars the inclusion of this function in an upcoming model of Gboard for Android, which leads us to consider that, primarily based on the contents of your display screen, it’ll counsel contextually related phrases that you should utilize to answer with, simply by tapping as soon as as an alternative of getting to kind.

Because it’s nonetheless sorta within the works, we are able to’t but see what the function will look in Gboard. However for reference, right here’s how Good Reply works in Gmail:

The weblog famous that the function is being constructed to work with a bunch of messaging apps, together with Hangouts, Android Messages, Allo, Fb Messenger and Messenger Lite, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and Tencet.

I’m all for options that cut back the necessity to kind, and permit you to function apps with only one hand. I wrote final yr about how Good Reply in Gmail helped me reply to 5 occasions extra emails than earlier than; past simply negating the necessity to kind, it additionally slashed the period of time I spent serious about learn how to phrase my replies, and whether or not it’s okay to reply with a extra concise message than traditional (professional tip: it’s).

I’d be glad to see Good Reply come to Gboard, as a result of I’ve acquired contacts on a bunch of various messaging companies. It’d be nice to see this assist different instruments like Telegram and Slack as effectively; I’ve acquired religion in Ray Kurzweil, the technologist accountable for constructing the tech for this function over at Google.

The code for Good Reply was first present in model 6.9 of Gboard for Android; it’s price noting that the function could not grow to be out there instantly, as Google could wish to check it with some customers earlier than releasing it to everybody (a beta model model out there to sideload from APKMirror didn’t present any Good Reply-related choices within the Settings).  Hopefully, we gained’t have to attend too lengthy earlier than our keyboard can do our texting for us.


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