As the tug-of-war on RCS between Google and Apple continues, new features are coming for users on the Android side of the ecosystem who are ready to say goodbye to the old ones. old SMS. In an official publication of Blogthe search titan has highlighted ten new tricks coming to the Messages app, with a new icon for the mobile app.
The most notable addition is the ability to reply to individual messages, much like you would use the swipe gesture to reply to a message in WhatsApp or Instagram DM. You can also touch and hold a message to open a context menu with the reply option you need to touch.
To save users the hassle of being redirected from Messages to the YouTube app or a web browser, YouTube links will now directly play the video in a picture-in-picture window right in the messaging app.
Next in line is an automatic voice message transcription feature, which is available on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series phones, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Z Fold 4. The idea is simple. No longer do you have to flinch from hitting the play button if you receive an audio clip while moving around in a crowded place. You can simply read the audio note, which is convenient and a great move towards a more accessible messaging experience.
Google is also doing something about the nasty emoji reaction situation. Google had already enabled emoji reactions for iPhone users to appear on Android devices. Android phone users can now react to a message sent by an iMessage stan. Those reactions will still appear in the form of text brackets, and that’s something Apple has to simplify, says a Google executive in interaction with TheVerge.
Google is also adding some AI tricks to the Messages app. Like Gmail, the app will automatically detect any time-sensitive context in conversations and automatically suggest reminders and calendar scheduling actions for it. Also, if you’ve saved someone’s birthday information in your contact card, Google will give you a nudge on it the next time you return to a conversation with that person.
On a similar note, if the app detects useful information like an address, phone number, or code, the Messages app will automatically suggest a “star” action to mark it as important. All of these messages will be neatly organized in a featured section to quickly locate the conversations that contain valuable information.
Also, if a text message has a reference to making voice or video calls, or setting up a meeting on a certain day or date, the app will automatically display a Google Meet icon with the text bubble. A context menu option will also appear to set up a Calendar meeting, if needed.
Google also wants you to be able to contact a business you found through a web search or Google Maps, which leads directly to the Messages app. This is another extremely useful update, and would work in the same way as tapping the phone icon for a business’s online listing takes you directly to the phone app. Google is also bringing the Messages app to Wear OS smartwatches, starting with the divisive Pixel Watch.
Finally, Google is bringing the Messages app to airlines, thanks to a partnership with United Airlines. Users who have enabled RCS in the app will now be able to enjoy the feature-laden messaging experience over Wi-Fi in flight. Support for cellular carriers will soon be added to the mix, the company says.