Google’s Messages May Be Getting Reactions, Redesign & Image Drawing
Google’s default Android SMS utility, Messages, could quickly be getting a really Facebook-like “reactions” function, alongside a number of others, primarily based on a current teardown of the app’s app. Specifically, that is Messages model 5.7, based on 9to5Google.
The reactions are additionally not dissimilar to these present in iMessage for iOS. That means they may very well be the important thing to lastly delivering cross-platform parity for Android and Apple’s platform. Summarily, with the function in place, customers might long-press on a message to “react” to it. Those reactions embody a thumbs up or down, indignant, tears of pleasure, coronary heart eyes, crying, and open mouth emoji.
Tapping on these emoji within the take a look at variant of the function does not do something in the meanwhile. In the long run, customers could possibly see the emojis lined out beneath the message or picture that is been reacted to. Most doubtless, these will likely be proven with numbers in group messages the place a couple of response has been registered. It additionally appears doubtless Google will enable customers to faucet the reactions to see who reacted and the way.
What else may be incoming for Google’s Messages?
Google additionally hopes to set itself aside from SMS apps and extra in step with well-liked chat apps by together with at the very least two different options, the teardown suggests. The first of these is arguably going to be extra well-liked and would allow customers to attract on photos earlier than sending them.
That software would come with the flexibility so as to add textual content or draw instantly. Drawing instruments would come with requirements akin to a highlighter, marker, or calligraphy, with a swath of colours to select from. All of that may very well be expanded and enhanced sooner or later, in addition to new colours being added. The teardown reveals colours to be black, blue, inexperienced, scorching pink, orange, purple, purple, white, and yellow.
Last however not least, the teardown showcases a material-focused redesign. That would carry the house display screen interface in step with apps akin to Google Photos. When loading up the web page, the highest would now be populated by a rounded, card-style search bar. The “Messages” app title would populate the search bar, centered till tapped. Then it could animate to indicate a “Seach messages,” message.
A 3-dot menu can be proven on the right-hand aspect of the bar, whereas a search icon is on the left. Google’s Messages app already permits message looking so there will not doubtless be many adjustments there. But the redesign will make that extra distinguished whereas maintaining a menu obtainable for different actions and settings.
There’s no timeline on these options and they may not present up in any respect
Now, as with all options noticed in an APK teardown, reactions, on-image drawing, and a fabric redesign could not really ever arrive in Google’s Messages. These are nonetheless in testing behind-the-scenes. So the search large could not in the end incorporate them.
If it does select to make use of them, Google could not implement them within the close to future both. While every seems to be close to completion or at the very least obtainable to preview, there could also be any variety of bugs that also should be labored out first.
As famous above, in the meanwhile, interacting with any of the options past their UI exhibiting up does not seem to truly do something. That means their core performance is turned off totally for now. It does appear doubtless Google will flip the options on since they might tie in with its push to allow Android-wide RCS chat options for messaging on the platform. But customers should not count on the options to look within the instant future.