Enhanced emojis and photo management are on the way too
Although Apple may not be interested in adopting RCS on the iPhone, Google remains convinced that it is the future of messaging on Android. Regardless of whether it’s a good idea or not, the company keeps adding all kinds of advanced features to Messages, making it easier than ever to communicate with friends and family around the world. Today, we’re learning about three new tools coming to the app in the near future, including changes to voice memos, emoji reactions, and more.
The folks at 9to5Google have been researching the latest version of the Messages app, discovering all kinds of improvements coming to the app. While none of these features are available yet, it does give us a look at what will happen to Google’s default messaging client on Android. First, Voice Memos Texts, automatically translate your recorded messages into easy-to-read texts. Google says this feature is designed for when you’re in an area where you can’t listen to someone’s recorded message, allowing you to communicate with your contact.
Having said that, it’s hard to see this gain much benefit outside of some specific circumstances. While it’s certainly an improvement in responding to someone’s voice message asking them to resend it in text format, 9to5Google says the experience is much slower than voice typing using the Assistant on the Pixel 6 while lacking the same level of accuracy. While it would be a great addition when necessary, it is hard to imagine this feature becoming the main way Android users interact with voice memos in Messages. However, this seems like a pretty solid solution if you have a friend who won’t stop sending you recordings.
It’s been a few years since Google added emoji reactions to its modern messaging platform, but it finally got some much-needed changes. Currently, you are stuck with a few pre-set options, but in the future, you will be able to select any emoji from your phone’s menu. Competitors like Facebook Messenger have supported custom emoji reactions for years, so it’s great to see this come to Android’s default service. Although this feature has not yet been published, the app Do Support showing these reactions today, so they’re ready any time Google pushes users.
the left: Current photo picker. the correct: Next image picker.
Finally, Messages gets a brand new photo picker that doesn’t require you to go to a secondary page to select recent photos. Currently, you are limited to the most recent photo or screenshot on your phone. Soon, selecting old photos will be as easy as scrolling down through the list.
Unfortunately, it is not clear when these changes will be rolled out to all users or if they will appear as a software patch or require a server-side update. However, we’ll keep you posted when these features are ready for prime time.
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