Messages by Google adds new features: Duo integration, RCS reaction, Photo editor and sticker suggestion
Messages is an SMS and instant messaging application developed by Google for its Android mobile operating system. A web interface is also available. Launched on 12 November 2014, it supports Rich Communication Services (RCS) messages since 2018.
Google has now added 5 new features to its Messages. The company has added reactions to the app. Just like Facebook Messenger, iMessage, Twitter, you can now long-press on a message in a chat and react to it with one of seven emoji to indicate “like, love, laughter, surprise, sadness, anger, and dislike”.
Google is also adding a new media editor for quick edits to a photo before you send it off. It’s something that other messaging apps like Messenger, iMessage, and Snapchat offer, and it’s good to see it make an appearance here as well.
Google is expanding the Smart Reply feature with including suggested stickers to make it easier to let loved ones know you care. If you’ve chosen to turn on Smart Reply suggestions, stickers will automatically show up as you’re texting, so there’s no need to search for one to share at the moment. Suggested stickers are currently available in English.
Other additions focus on quicker ways to get in touch. There’s a video call button in the upper-right corner to quickly turn a text conversation into a Duo chat, and there’s a dedicated voice message button to brighten someone’s day.