google logoGoogle relies heavily on AI to help with its search functions as well as features like Google Now. However it looks like Google could soon be thinking of applying their AI to other features, such as chatbots and potentially integrate them into their other services like Google Hangouts, a messaging platform for Google users.

The idea of chatbots aren’t new, although recently they seem to have undergone a resurgence in popularity and are being used by the likes of Facebook and Microsoft. This is according to a report from The Information (paywall; via USA Today) in which it reads, “Essentially, Google wants to get into the bot-making business more broadly than people realized, and in a way that’s similar to Microsoft’s strategy, and relying on its strengths in artificial intelligence to convince developers to use its tools.”

The idea of Google turning to chatbots aren’t new. Last year there were reports that Google was planning something similar and that by integrating it into messenger services like Hangouts, users could pose questions to the bot and have it answered for them without having to leave the app itself. In a way it’s similar to the concept behind Google’s recently released Gboard keyboard for iOS.

In any case the report also states that this is something Google is expected to unveil I/O which is kicking off tomorrow, so remember to check back with us to see if there is anything new worth sharing.

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