Google removes Smart Reply from Voice app on Android, iOS

Google has removed Smart Reply suggestions that appear at the bottom of messages from the Android and iOS Voice apps.

The company introduced this feature in February last year.

According to 9to5Google, this simple feature looked at recently received messages and suggested up to three contextual replies.

These pills will appear above the “Type your message” field and will instantly send a Smart Reply when tapped.

The release notes for Google Voice on the Play Store and App Store confirm the removal. “Smart Response is no longer supported,” says the report.

Meanwhile, Google has released a standalone “Switch Access” app on the Play Store. It was originally part of the Android Accessibility Suite.

This app allows users to interact with Android devices using one or more switches or a keyboard instead of a touchscreen.

“Use the Switches or the front camera to control your phone or tablet. You can use the Switches to select items, scroll, enter text, and more. According to the page about Switch Access: Switch Access is useful when you can’t directly control your device.

The app scans the items on the user’s screen and highlights each item until the user selects it.


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