Chrome OS is on the way to catch up with Android, which brings the former’s beta channel to bear the facility of inline message replies right from the notification shade. Android has the same since 7.0 Nougat and it works across many messaging apps including Google’s own Android Messages and Hangouts.
Now, a number of Chromebooks support Android apps downloaded from Play Store. Therefore, it’s just natural that inline replies should work on Chrome OS.
Francois Beaufort of Chrome team confirms that it will be done so soon. The feature is in Chrome OS beta channel for selected Android apps.
Chrome OS inline replies feature works in the same way as it does on the Android platform. Your received notification of a message will prompt you to reply, tapping on which will get you a text field and the send option. You don’t have to open the subjective app for replying anymore.
On the other hand, Android P is about to get enhancements to messaging notifications, which include inline photos and smart replies. Chrome OS pacing up to get in the line with Android couldn’t have come at a better time!
Stay tuned for the next update on the OS platforms of Google.