With the addition of WhatsApp and other online chat apps into our daily lives, we often don’t need to use normal messages, and giant tech companies including Apple know this. But, on the other hand, for some reason, we have Google being adamant that normal SIM messaging is the future and trying to do a lot of it and we mean a lot of developments on that .
And when we talked about the many developments we were talking about because regardless of whether investing in Messages is a good idea or not, Google continues to add all kinds of features to the app that are very similar to the ones that have us on whatsapp. Today we’re going to talk about 3 new features coming soon to the app: voice memos, emoji reactions, and more.
Well, here’s the thing. There have been some developments in the messaging app, but none of the new features are available to the public yet. This again proves that some features are in development at Google HQ and something is coming very soon.
Armed with this knowledge, let’s dig deeper into what we know about them so far. First, the transcriptions of voice memos. What are they? Well, these are just the text that the feature has automatically translated for you into a text message from a voice memo. This will make it easier for people in a hurry who don’t have time to write a proper message. Now it also works the other way around, like if you are somewhere where you can’t listen to the voicemail, say public transport, this feature will convert that message to text that you can read, instead of to listen.
Second, it’s been a few years since Google first introduced emoji reactions to its native messaging app, but now it’s making some very well-deserved and much-needed improvements to the system. Currently, if you want to send an emoji reaction, you will have to choose between a few options that are already offered, but now with this new feature, you will be able to choose from any emoji listed in your phone’s emoji section. .
Finally, the app is getting a brand new, revamped photo picker that will allow users to choose any photo they want without having to go to a new page to select recent images. Currently, this feature is only available for recent images, but will soon be available for older ones as well.
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