Google is reportedly working on a new messaging app designed to compete with services like Facebook Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp. The report claims that Google is looking to add integrated chatbots as part of this new messaging service.

Google already has its own Hangouts app for text, voice and video chat, but its user base is well behind its main rivals. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google hope this new messaging app will be more competitive.

For its new service, Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., plans to integrate chatbots, software programs that answer questions inside a messaging app, the people familiar with the matter said. Users will be able to text friends or a chatbot, which will scour the Web and other sources for information to answer a question, those people said.

The report adds that Google tried to buy a startup called 200 Labs Inc in October that had developed chatbots, but the company declined to take Google's offer. The story didn't state when Google's new app will be released, nor what it will be called.

Source: Wall Street Journal