- Google Messages gets a streamlined design, emphasizing branding.
- The navigation drawer was replaced by an account menu for options.
- RCS integration enhances messaging features and user experience.
Google is giving its Messages app’s home screen a fresh look to enhance user experience and emphasize branding. The update brings a more streamlined design by removing the familiar navigation drawer, possibly for branding reasons or improved accessibility.
On the new Messages home screen, the hamburger icon is replaced by Google’s four-color logo. The full-width search bar is replaced by a simple magnifying glass icon, reducing visual clutter and directing focus to the content. The Google logo is positioned in the top-left corner, followed by the word “Messages,” ensuring clear branding and easy recognition. The navigation drawer, previously used for various options, is replaced by an account menu. This menu includes options like Archived, Spam & blocked, Mark all as read, and Device pairing. The options for Your data in Messages, Messages settings, and Help & Feedback remain the same. The “Choose theme” option is moved to the “Settings” interface.
The search functionality undergoes changes as well. The “Categories” section is replaced by a matrix layout, allowing faster access to categories such as Favorited, Images, Videos, Places, Links, Unread, Known, and Unknown, while minimizing excessive scrolling.
One of the notable features of this redesign is the prominent placement of the Google logo in the upper-left corner. It serves as a visual reminder of Google’s commitment to messaging services and the RCS (Rich Communication Services) campaign. AT&T recently adopted Google Jibe’s RCS platform.
Google Messages is the messaging app developed by Google for Android and Wear OS. It combines traditional SMS, RCS, and instant messaging, similar to Apple’s iMessage app.
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Over the years, the app, formerly known as Android Messages, has undergone significant updates. RCS integration brought features like longer messages, higher-quality media sharing, and more. Messages for Web and end-to-end encryption were introduced, and recent enhancements have made it comparable to third-party apps like WhatsApp, with features like group chats, message replies, and emoji reactions.
These changes aim to provide a better messaging experience while reinforcing Google’s dedication to messaging services and RCS technology.