If somebody sends you an important text/chat, your natural inclination today on how to save it is most likely screenshotting. Google wants to replace that behavior with the new built-in ability to star in Messages for Android.
Update 6/29: The ability to star texts and images in Google Messages is now widely rolling out. We’ve encountered it on version 8.4 — currently in the beta channel — as part of a server-side update.
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Original 6/15: Announced as part of Android’s summer additions series, long-pressing on a message or photo/clip in Google’s SMS/RCS client will reveal a new “star” button in the top-right corner of your screen next to other actions like copy and delete. This will add a blue mark to the bottom-right corner that will stand out as you scroll through a conversation.
Of course, the easier way to find starred messages is from search. Google has introduced a new “Starred” filter at the very top alongside Images, Videos, Places, and Links. Meanwhile, marked media will also feature a corner star from this view.
Starring in Google Messages will “roll out more broadly over the coming weeks.”
More about Google Messages:
- Here’s an early look at Google Messages with Material You color theming [Gallery]
- Google generalizes ‘Messages for web’ sign-in to ‘Device Pairing’
- You can install the One UI version of Google Messages on a Pixel
- Google completes global RCS rollout as Messages starts testing default end-to-end encryption
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