Facebook will reveal at its F8 conference a new class of group bots that work inside Messenger group chats. These group bots can keep users informed about real-time news such as a sports game’s progress, e-commerce deliveries and more, according to three sources familiar with the development of the feature. Read more
Combining artificial intelligence, user-generated content and messaging capabilities, TripAdvisor has launched a chatbot on Facebook Messenger that provides recommendations for restaurants, attractions, hotels and flights.
While TripAdvisor makes its recommendations within its chatbot on Facebook Messenger, the booking part takes place on TripAdvisor.com.
If you chat with TripAdvisor on your mobile device, asking about the best vegetarian restaurants in San Juan, Puerto Rico, you get a list of 10 dining recommendations, replete with photos, a ranking, information on the pricing and cuisine, and whether the establishment is open. Read more
While the focus at Mobile World Congress every year tends to be on devices, the event is also a great chance to catch a glimpse of upcoming trends and technologies that are likely to grab headlines over the next couple of years.
Like recent years, Hall 8.1 at MWC was the venue for App Planet, where startups from around the world showcase their latest software solutions, and the three big trends this year were analytics, mobile ads, and chatbots. While the likes of Nokia and Samsung may have been absent from this hall, there was no shortage of journalists and business owners trying to discover the hidden gems to help take their respective stories forward.
Away from the madness of Hall 8.1, a different kind of ‘startup’ – the world’s richest one, perhaps, and one with an Indian connection – Reliance Jio, was showcasing chatbots of its own that could soon find their way to an Android phone near you. At the GSMA Innovation City in Hall 4, Jio was demonstrating four chatbots – JioNews, JioWiki, JioDine, and JioCafe, running inside the Jio4GVoice app – that Jio users will soon be able to interact with to get answers on their general queries, to catch up on news, or to look up restaurants and book a table. Read More
Are you one of those people who has a little black tube in the kitchen that the kids love to ask what the weather is going to be like to, so they can skive off school? Alexa and the rest of her clan are pretty good at delivering the goods on that.
However, you might also be a serious business owner and although she’s coming up with some good answers, she may be prioritising other businesses and services. Not her fault, it’s just that she doesn’t know about you, yet – and that’s not good for business. Read more
Facebook’s Messenger bots may not be having the impact the social network desired. Just yesterday, online retailer Everlane, one of the launch partners for the bot platform, announced it was ditching Messenger for customer notifications and returning to email. Following this, Facebook today announced an upgraded Messenger Platform, which introduces a new way for users to interact with bots: via simple persistent menus, including those without the option to chat with the bot at all. Read more
Facebook’s next updates for Messenger have a big focus on bots. Yep, Zuck is still trying to make “fetch” happen with those. Anyhow, the newest bits for the platform are mostly about letting others know that a bit of text originated from. That means from a shared bit of bot text will allow you to start a conversation with said bot from your existing conversation window. Even if you’re using Messenger from desktop. In addition to a bunch of other developer-centric notes is word that the bot text limit has been doubled. So yeah, jumping from 320 characters to 640 means that the bots are about to get a lot more chatty. Read more