- The Messages app now has RCS reactions, a photo editor, and suggested stickers.
- Itâ€™s also easier to jump into a Duo video call or start a voice recording.
- Most of the features are available now.
The internet giant has introduced a slew of upgrades to Androidâ€™s stock messaging app, including reactions for RCS conversations. Much like Facebook Messenger or Appleâ€™s iMessage, you just have to long press on a message to laugh at a good joke or love a photo. Youâ€™ll also find suggested stickers for RCS chats to help express your joy or sadness.
Youâ€™ll also find a media editor built into Messages. Itâ€™s a basic tool that lets you draw or add text, but that could be enough if you want to highlight something important or add a dash of humor.
Other additions focus on quicker ways to get in touch. Thereâ€™s a video call button in the upper-right corner to quickly turn a text conversation into a Duo chat, and thereâ€™s a dedicated voice message button to brighten someoneâ€™s day.
You can try all these new features through the latest version of Messages, although sticker suggestions are currently limited to English. These additions wonâ€™t necessarily get you to drop Facebook Messenger or other alternatives, but they may give you a reason to keep using Googleâ€™s app if you were otherwise tempted to move chats to a service with more lively interactions. Just remember that RCS isnâ€™t currently encrypted, so it might not be the best for particularly sensitive discussions.
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