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August 16, 2018

Android Messages 3.5 preps custom ‘Minis’ avatar stickers, revamped search [APK Insight]

After we first enabled it in June, Android Messages 3.5 is rolling out this morning with the Google Material Theme in tow. Meanwhile, a teardown of the latest version reveals work on customized stickers — a given for any Google product that is vaguely social — and revamped search that is still under development.

August 29, 2018

Android Messages for web updated w/ various Google Material Theme tweaks

Google’s default RCS and SMS client has seen a number of big developments in recent months, like becoming the company’s primary consumer messaging solution. Android Messages for web is now picking up some design tweaks to match the Google Material Theme redesign on mobile.

June 18, 2018

Android Messages for web begins rolling out, starting with web client

Google revealed in April that its primary messaging service for consumers would be based on RCS, with messages sent over the SMS successor referred to as a “chat” instead of a “text.” Those features will be built into the existing Android Messages client with Assistant and Message for web functionality touted. That latter feature, specifically […]

September 25, 2018

Android Messages rolling out advanced search w/ filters for images, videos, and links

Following Android Messages officially receiving a Google Material Theme and dark mode, the default SMS/RCS client is now slated for advanced search functionality. This revamp features a new design, filters, and is rolling out later this week.

March 15, 2018

Android Messages 3.1 preps P support, GIF search, more Smart Replies, Google account for web app [APK Insight]

With version 3.0 of Android Messages beginning to roll out this week, Google is already working on the next update to the SMS and RCS client. We’ve received a dogfood (or internal test) version of Android Messages 3.1 and it reveals upcoming support for Android P, a built-in GIF picker, and more about the web app.

December 28, 2018

Google begins rolling out Spam Protection in Messages

Earlier this month, our APK Insight of Messages 3.9 revealed Google’s work on “Spam Protection” for Android’s default SMS/RCS client. The feature is now beginning to roll out for some users.

October 15, 2018

[Update: Camera button] Messages 3.7 preps Google Assistant, more search filters, attachments [APK Insight]

Reflecting its new role as Google’s primary consumer messaging solution, Messages in recent months has received a number of updates. In the last version, search was significantly upgraded, while a Material Theme and dark mode were recently added. Messages 3.7 today continues work on adding Google Assistant and improving search.

February 8, 2018

Android Messages may soon let you send texts from the web, just like Allo

Google has what feels like a million messaging apps right now, but most of the company’s best ideas have landed in the severely underused Allo. Now, though, it seems Google is planning to bring one of Allo’s best new features, a web interface, to its SMS app Android Messages.

February 9, 2018

Android Messages 2.9 preps Allo-like web app, Google Pay integration, RCS adoption push [APK Insight]

Version 2.9 of Android Messages is rolling out and a teardown reveals that Google has very big plans for its official SMS/RCS client. Currently in development is an Allo-like web client that would allow users to check and reply to messages on the web. Meanwhile, this latest update also reveals Google Pay integration and a push […]

May 21, 2019

Google Assistant beginning to roll out with latest Messages update

During MWC earlier this year, Google confirmed that the Assistant would be coming soon to their Messages app. At the time, no specific timeline was shared for when the Assistant would land on our devices. With today’s Messages for Android update, the Google Assistant is arriving for some, bringing useful contextual suggestions.

March 11, 2019

Messages 4.1 preps Google Assistant, adds ‘suggested actions’ menu [APK Insight]

Ahead of Google Allo shutting down tomorrow, the latest version of Messages is rolling out today by laying the groundwork for Google Assistant. Messages 4.1 prepares for the Assistant features first shown off at MWC last month. Meanwhile, “smart suggestions” are already live with this release.

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