Here’s a first look at replies in action as Google Messages finally catches up with rival chat apps by developing a means to instantly react to RCS messages.
Regarding APK Insight: We’ve decompiled the most recent version of an app that Google put on the Play Store in our APK Insight post. When we decompile these files—known as APKs for Android apps—we can find numerous lines of code that allude to potential future features. Remember that Google might or might not ever deploy these features, and our understanding of what they are might be limited. However, we’ll try to give those that are nearly finished a chance to demonstrate how they’ll seem if they do ship. Read on with that in mind.
Texting and instant messaging have grown to be some of the most popular ways for us to communicate. One minor difficulty that can arise is that it is often difficult to determine which message someone is reacting to in hectic group chats, for example.
Almost all contemporary chat programs have addressed this in some way. Slack provides threads to keep a topic’s discussion separate from those of the room’s other topics of conversation. Other applications, such as iMessage and Discord, just let you choose a message to reply to, frequently adding some flare and crucial context to your message when it is sent.
Our team examined Google Messages more closely and found that it is adopting a similar strategy to replies, with a reply arrow indicator appearing when you long press a specific message. By tapping that icon, you can write your message as usual and have it appear above the compose bubble along with a cancel option in case you change your mind.
Update 10:55am: After some trial-and-error, we discovered another way to initiate an RCS reply, which adds the identical reply arrow icon: sliding a message to the side. In the gallery below, you can view an illustration.
Reactions can be successfully sent and received over RCS, and they even show up in the Google Messages web app, suggesting that the feature is far enough along in development for this to be possible. A message with a reply includes the sender’s name and a preview of the original message, as you might anticipate. When you tap the reply preview, Google Messages will scroll to the original.
Even better, some users claim that the feature is already live for them , so you might not have to wait long for Google Messages answers to fully become available. Kudos to Kunal and Matthew!
One of the many brand-new features that Google Messages is actively developing is the ability to reply. The ability to use any emoji as an RCS reaction and a voice message transcription functionality that works remarkably well were just two recent discoveries that we made. While doubling down on making RCS the next major messaging standard, Google has a plan to develop Google Messages.
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The author of this article is Dylan Roussel .
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