According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, Google is reportedly working on a new intelligent messaging app. The app will reportedly let you chat with your friends or message a Google bot for answers to your questions.
Likely, the bot will be able to answer any questions a normal Google Search can, offering up a direct answer when it can and providing relevant links when it can’t. This means you might be able to ask about the weather or nearby restaurants.
The report notes that Google will likely allow other developers to build chattiest that run on the service. Google has not officially commented on the report.
The intention is to prevent Google from losing out to other messaging services, like Facebook’s, that have been building intelligent bots of their own.
Google doesn’t currently have a successful messaging app, even Hangouts is kind of a mess. The company 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.
The report does not mention if Google is considering any alternatives outside the digital realm. Google’s intelligent messaging app will still need to offer something that will make it stand out from the competition.