Google is seeking to back-up some if its bluster about it’s RCS-based Messages app with some substantive new options now rolling out.
The Android-maker, which is placing strain on Apple to undertake the RCS commonplace and finish the inexperienced bubble blues, is getting its personal home so as with this week’s roll out. In a brand new weblog submit extolling the virtues of its Messages app, the corporate has detailed some new and up to date adjustments, a few of which make it extra like Apple’s iMessage anyway.
Firstly, Android customers will be capable to relpy to a person message in a dialog with out breaking the circulate of a dialog. Simply lengthy press or swipe proper on a selected message to reply solely to that.
Google additionally mentions the roll out of emoji reactions earlier this 12 months. It’s now pushing the envelope additional by enabling Android customers to react to iPhone customers messages too. Google additionally says voice messages are getting higher and extra accessible through an auto-transcription function.
“Say you’re in a crowded area and get an audio message from a cherished one: transcripts will allow you to “view” the audio such as you would a conventional textual content message,” Google says within the weblog submit.
Google can be including YouTube movies inside Messages as a picture-in-picture possibility, making it attainable to look at the video throughout the thread quite than transferring forwards and backwards between the apps.
The corporate is together with Reminders inside Messages, so that you’ll obtain a reminder to name mum on her birthday whenever you open the Messages app, offered the birthday is logged inside your contacts. You can too set reminders to reply to messages individually.
Android customers will obtain solutions to “star” messages which might be thought to include necessary data like cellphone numbers and addresses.
Google additionally says Messages will mechanically recognise sure messages like “Are you able to discuss now?” by suggesting a Meet name, whereas it’s integrating enterprise chat with corporations discovered inside Search and Maps.
Nonetheless no blue bubbles although, however them’s the breaks. Tim Cook dinner’s recommendation? “Purchase your mother an iPhone.”