Google Is Planning a Smarter Messaging App As Messaging Wars Heat Up

Many observers have been saying that the next big growth space in social is messaging apps, including Facebook’s Messenger as well as WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, Kik and a number of other competitors. Now it appears Google is building a new messaging service, incorporating some of its artificial intelligence prowess and chatbot technology in an effort to catch up to the likes of Facebook, according to the Wall Street Journal. If the service has a new name, it’s not yet clear what it is, said the Journal. For its new service, Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., plans to integrate chatbots, software programs that answer questions inside a messaging app, the people familiar with the matter said. Users will be able to text friends or a chatbot, which will scour the…


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