Voice memo transcripts and complete emoji replies are ready in Google Messages {Gallery}.

You’ll be able to read voice memo transcripts, reply to messages with any emoji you desire, and more with upcoming Google Messages capabilities.

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.

TRANSCRIPTIONS OF VOICE MESSAGES Thanks to the built-in microphone button in Google Messages, you may record a voice note to send to the other person whether you’re chatting via RCS or SMS/MMS.

A recording like that, though, might not always be the best method to convey your message. For example, the recipient may not be in a location where they can listen to the message, or the audio may be compressed often, which can sometimes make your speech harder to hear.

Google Messages is getting ready to offer the ability to transcribe incoming voice memos in order to be more useful in those circumstances. Another technique we’ve seen involves manually hitting a Transcribe button. In one iteration of the feature, new messages are automatically transcribed as they’re received. Although the feature doesn’t currently appear to be rolling out, our team was able to manually activate it.

According to our limited testing, Google Messages appears to get the transcripts mostly right and even adds punctuation automatically, perhaps based on the speaker’s pauses and voice tone. However, the transcription is noticeably slower when pressing Transcribe on a 13-second clip than Google Assistant voice typing on the Pixel 6.

When listening is not an option or the voice message audio is not clear, transcripts can be helpful. Only on your device, and without sending the transcription’s contents to Google, are voice messages transcribed. Anytime in the settings, manage.

EMOJI FULL REACTIONS The ability to respond to messages was first introduced in Google Messages in 2020, starting with a set of seven reaction emoji that somewhat resembles those found in Apple’s iMessage. Since then, Google Message replies have remained largely intact, with the app’s ability to translate iMessage reactions being the largest feature to make texting your iPhone-owning friends less unpleasant.

Google is now working to make RCS chat interactions much more lively. We discovered a buggy feature in the most recent beta of Google Messages that lets you reply with any emoji. The thumbs-down emoji has been replaced in the new design with an indicator that says “add emoji.”

Any emoji on your Android phone that is available will appear when you tap this button and can be used to respond to messages. Our team was able to give each other a variety of emoji reactions, which is even better because these unique emoji reactions already function on the receiving end without activating the feature.

NEW GALLERY VIEW Last but not least, the photo gallery view in Google Messages may also be getting a change. The software currently gives you the ability to take an instant photo along with a horizontally scrolling grid of your most recent screenshots and photographs that you might attach to your message.

You may now scroll vertically across your photos in the new design our team enabled, even using more of the screen as you scroll for a more comfortable experience. The Folders option provides essentially the same experience as the former Gallery button, which has been replaced. In general, the revamp of the Google Messages photo gallery, especially the floating action buttons in the corner, blends well with Material You.

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