Google Messages App Gets Five New Features, With A Caveat

Google Messages App Gets Five New Features, With A Caveat”

Google is adding a variety of brand-new functions to its Messages app for Android, consisting of the capability to reply to messages with emoji reactions, something that's always been readily available in other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and iOS's built-in Messages app. This feature, however, works only if you have RCS chat enabled.

Firstly, users can instantly react to any new messages in conversation with the new animated expressions. The official confirmation comes after several months of teasing from the company. To do this you just have to select the message with a long press and then click on one of the seven reactions: I like it, I love it, it amuses me, it amazes me, it saddens me, it makes me angry or I don't like it. Obviously, these reactions will not be available in conversations using SMS. With Google Allo, the company introduced the Smart Reply feature that suggests responses based on the context of a conversation.

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We've seen smart replies in text for some time, with RCS that's taken a step further adding stickers to the chat. The function was very first identified in screening in May, however Google has now formally rolled it out as part of the latest version of its Messages app. Of course, this novelty is now only available in English. To use the media editor, take a photo with the in-app camera and tap on edit button available on the top right corner to add text or draw on the image using brushes before sharing. Back in March, Google increased the group video call limit in Duo from 8 to 12 participants.

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