In a move to avoid outdone by Facebook's AI-assisted M for Messenger, Google has been planning a latest mobile messaging app for engaging people and question-answering chatbots. The Wall Street Journal reported that with the new service, people will be allowed to type in a query and the search engine giant Google would determine the best-fitting chatbot for the answer.
The new app will provide a substitute to traditional search engine of Google when it comes to gathering information.
The report noted that the goal of Google is to come up with something similar to the Telegram-run chatbot marketplace, which is a messaging app headed up by Vkontake co-founder Pavel Durov.
The company bills itself as a safe messaging service. It has launched its messaging platform for third-party developers for building bots that users can click on for single tasks, like GitHub updates, trivia, making friends and searching images.
But into Google’s search engine, users won’t be required to type a question. They will just send queries as text messages, which will be responded by chatbots. As per a source familiar with the project, Google could allow chatbots built by outside developers on the service.
WSJ reported that Telegram's bot platform was built by chatbot developer 200 Labs, and the developer knocked back Google’s acquisition offer in October.
Nick Fox, vice president of ‘Google communications’ is the head of the new messaging app of Google. ‘Google communications’ is the unit that manages products such as Google's WebRTC (real time communications) work, Hangouts, and the mobile service of the company for Nexus devices, Project Fi.