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Google Messages is adding two new capabilities for Indian users that will let them categorize SMS into different tabs and automatically delete OTPs 24 hours after they're received.
Google Messages is finally rolling out end-to-end encryption for everyone after a beta test that kicked off in November of last year has ended. For now, it supports only one-on-one conversations.
Google announced new Android features rolling out both via app updates and to the OS. These include a native Password Checkup tool, new accessibility features, Maps dark mode, and more.
A "compliance warning" string found in a teardown of the Messages app suggests that the app might stop supporting devices that are not certified to run Google Mobile Services on March 31.
After making it available for the Android app, Google is rolling out support for emoji reactions to Messages on the web. The feature seems to be rolling out to all users via a server-side update.
Google is rolling out an option to schedule messages for select Google Messages users. The feature will allow users to schedule text messages to go out at a date and time they specify in a chat.
Google is preparing a wider rollout of SMS categorization in its Google Messages app. The feature will categorize messages into Personal, Transactions, OTPs, Offers, and More depending on its content.
Google Messages is testing categorizing conversations using labels that appear at the top of the app. The labels, which include All, Personal, Transactions, OTP, hope to reduce inbox clutter.
Google's Messages app now allows you to send emoji reactions to a photo, video or chat you've received as part of a new update. The app is also expanding some of its existing capabilities.
Google Messages is working on end-to-end encryption for RCS in the app. Full details of how this would work are unknown at this time. Both participants would need to have a stable internet connection.
This is an exceptional achievement for a Google app that doesn't come pre-loaded on most Android phones. OEMs usually have different apps of their own to handle SMS messaging services.
A teardown of the latest Google Messages beta app hints at the ongoing development of features like message reactions and drawing on images for RCS texts. The code also reveals an updated homepage.