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Google Trying To Put A Bot Into Messaging App: Report

Update Date: Dec 25, 2015 12:44 PM EST

Not to be outdone by its rivals, Google is reportedly working on a messaging app service featuring chatbots.

Citing sources close to the matter, Wall Street Journal broke the news of Google's efforts being led by its vice president for communications, Nick Fox. The chat service will take on other services like Facebook's M and iOS's SIRI. The unnamed service will help users pose questions and pass commands while messaging that will be answered by a bot, Apple Insider reports. The report also claimed that the concept of the project is similar to one of the chatbot services for Telegram that Google sought to acquire earlier this year.

According to Forbes, Google's pursuit of the project indicates that messaging service providers see chatbots as the future. While Whatsapp has not introduced a chatboot, its parent company Facebook launched the service 'M' in its Facebook Messenger.

The report also claimed that Google's project will make use of the company's AI expertise to make chatbots to engage users in conversation. Facebook M on the other hand relies both on machines and humans to interact with its users. With improvements in machine learning, chatbot messaging services are expected to improve.

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