Google Voice removes Smart Reply on Android and iOS

After introducing the feature last February, Google Voice for Android and iOS removed smart reply suggestions that appeared at the bottom of messages.

This simple function analyzed the last received message and suggested up to three contextual responses. These pills would appear above the “Write a message” field with Smart Reply being sent immediately on tap.

Google Voice release notes on the Play Store and App Store confirm the removal: “Smart Reply is no longer supported.” There is no other explanation, and this appears to be a server-side change, as I no longer see Smart Replies before (version 2022.12.26) the latest Google Voice update (2023.01.09).

You still get smart reply suggestions as part of notifications, but that’s an Android capability. Google may see these as a system-level feature rather than something to be rolled out on an app-by-app basis. Smart replies are still available in Google Messages, Gmail, and even Google Docs comments.

It’s a curious removal, and it could be because Google sees Voice first as a business calling service that’s geared toward businesses and retail stores. Texting may not be a priority, as seen with the continued lack of support from RCS.

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