Google’s newly tipped messaging app has chatbot assistants

Google’s artificial intelligence is being used to create a new mobile messaging app, according to sources. The messaging service will differ from Hangouts via the inclusion of chatbot assistants tasked with answering questions and following commands issued through the messaging app. Sources say the chatbots will hunt down the answer to users’ questions by searching the Web and “other sources,” check the weather, set reminders, and more. Facebook in particular has been dominating the mobile messaging segment with its own Messenger app. Unlike Google’s own offerings, Messenger is capable of far more than just swapping chats: it can be used to send money, for example, and more recently it added a ride-ordering transportation feature. All that pales, though, in light of Facebook’s “M”, a personal assistant that exists within the…

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