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Google is making ANOTHER messenger app

Google is making ANOTHER messenger app
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If you're looking for a new tech term to latch onto in 2016, "chatbot" is a good one. It's essentially the merging of virtual assistants, like Apple's Siri, with text messages.

Chatbots make it easier for you to interact with the Internet using your smartphone. Facebook M, for instance, lets you search the Web simply by typing a question into its Messenger app.

The chatbot searches the Web and texts you the answer back, in a conversational style. Note: M also uses humans when Facebook's chatbot can't answer a question.

Google, which already has messenger apps like Hangouts, is working on a new chatbot-focused service. Google hasn't confirmed these reports, but the new service is expected to use artificial intelligence to understand what you're asking, and then find the correct answer.

Google, the leader in search, is trying to maintain its dominance as people do more searches from their smartphone messaging apps. According to Portio Research, 2 billion people use those apps.

Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger are among the most used, each with hundreds of millions of users. Google's messaging apps, Hangouts and Messenger, are less popular.

There's no word on when Google will roll out its chatbot app, or if it'll be a standalone app or incorporated into an existing messenger. Keep reading Happening Now for updates.

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Source: The Verge
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