After first testing the feature with a small contingent of users last year, it appears Google is rolling out Smart Replies to the broader Android Messages userbase.
Reports of Smart Replies expanded Android Messages rollout started circulating on Reddit earlier this week. According to Android Police, several of its readers have also gained access to the feature. I’ve checked both my OnePlus 6 and Essential Phone, neither of which has the feature yet. As such, it’s likely Google is either still testing Smart Replies, or the company is doing a staggered rollout.
Smart Replies, in case you’re unfamiliar with the feature, are short messages that a variety of Google-made apps, most famously Gmail, can generate to help users quickly answer an email or text message. At its most recent I/O developer conference, Google demoed an offshoot of Smart Replies called Smart Compose auto-filling the entire text of an email on its own.
To check if you have to Smart Replies in Messages, navigate to the app’s main screen (the one where you can see all the contacts who messaged you recently), tap the three dots menu icon, then tap ‘Settings’. If you have access to Smart Replies, you’ll see a sub-section dedicated to it.
Let us know in the comment section if you have access to the feature.