Written by Staff Writer
23 Dec, 2015 | 4:17 pm
According to reports Google is said to be building a new messaging app which lets users chat with friends or message a Google bot for answers.
Google states that it is likely, to be able to do everything a normal Google search can, offering up answers when it can and provide links when it cant which means users might be able to message the bot for information on the weather or to look up details on a restaurant.
Furthermore, Google will likely allow other developers to build chatbots that run on the service, so you could receive an answer from an app that has the information you’re looking for. Google declined to comment.
The intention is to prevent Google from losing out on search to other messaging services, like Facebook’s, that have been building in intelligent bots of their own. Google doesn’t currently have a successful messaging app — even Hangouts is kind of a mess — so the implication that Google is building yet another one is reasonable. It could always opt to build this service into an existing chat app as well.
The service sounds like it’s meant to directly compete with Facebook M, a bot that Facebook is testing inside of Messenger. Like what Google is said to be doing, M automatically searches the web for answers to questions, but it takes that one step further: for more complicated queries, a human assistant will take over, allowing M to do things far beyond what a computer could.
It is also mentioned that Google is not considering anything outside of the digital realm — that’s its area of expertise, anyway — but it’ll need to offer something at least as powerful if it wants to hook users.
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