Google Messages Gets a Facelift and New iMessage-Like Features

The default messaging app on most Android phones, Google Posts, received a major update today. There were many new features introduced with this revision, some of which will make your conversations quite lively. Plus, the newer, revamped user interface looks familiar. Google Messages now looks like this very similar to the very popular messaging app on iPhone – iMessage.

First, Google is introducing a new Photomoji feature. Users can take their photos and cut out objects from them. These recesses then become yours photomojis and can be sent in response to messages in the Google Messages app.

Once sent in a group chat, other users can use your newly created photo moji as well. This is similar to Apple Live Stickers function.

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New Google Messages features | Image courtesy: Google

Then one Moods function is also added. This allows you to send a voice note with extra emphasis. Users are given the option to select 9 different emotions like laughing, party fever, etc. after recording the message. After you send a voice note, the recipient will hear your message along with “experienced a visual effect,” highlighting the voice mood you selected.

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A feature borrowed from iMessage, screen effects have also been added to Google Messages. These are fully immersive, vibrant effects that take over the user’s entire screen when sending specific messages. For example, if you ‘I love you‘ will see the heart emoji explode on your screen with a corresponding screen effect. There are 15+ screen effect prompt words, according to Google. Can you find them all?

There are a few more features in store, so here’s a quick overview. Custom Bubbles is a brand new customization feature that allows you to change the theme (speech bubble color, background, etc.). In short, Google wants users to know “it’s no longer about blue versus green bubbles” and give them the freedom to style their conversations however they want. Reaction effects have also been introduced, which show an extra effect when you respond to a message with emojis.

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Finally, the update also brings Animated emojis, which allows you to send live emojis with various cool effects. What do you think of the new features in the Google Messages app?

Android messaging is slowly but surely getting better

After years of navigating rocky roads, it looks like Google is finally moving up a level when it comes to texting. RCS messages has seen wide acceptance thus far. According to Google there are now one billion monthly active users on the platform. Even Apple adopts RCS messages soon. Google responded to the news, saying: “We are happy that Apple also took the first step two weeks ago by announcing that they are embracing RCS“.

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When is the Google Messages update coming? Google reveals that it has already entered beta version of the app. The new features should reach all other users later via a Play Store update. If you use other messaging apps, just to download the Google Messages app via the Play Store. If you’d like to join the Google Messages beta testing and try out all these new features today: Add here.

Is the updated Google Messages good enough to compete with iMessage now? I think so, but things are far from over considering the situation green bubble vs blue bubble situation in text messages. Do you think RCS messages on iPhones will be blue? Well, that may not be the case.