Google Messages prepares a way to directly reply to RCS chats

Google Messages is lastly catching up with different chat apps by getting ready a way to directly reply to RCS messages — here is a first have a look at replies in motion.

About APK Insight: In this “APK Insight” put up, we have decompiled the newest model of an software that Google uploaded to the Play Store. When we decompile these recordsdata (referred to as APKs, within the case of Android apps), we’re ready to see numerous strains of code inside that trace at potential future options. Keep in thoughts that Google could or could not ever ship these options, and our interpretation of what they’re could also be imperfect. We’ll strive to allow these which are nearer to being completed, nonetheless, to present you ways they’re going to look within the case that they do ship. With that in thoughts, learn on.


Over the years, texting and immediate messaging have develop into among the key methods for us to discuss to one another. One minor difficulty that may pop up is that in fast-paced chats, equivalent to a busy group chat, it is not at all times straightforward to inform which message somebody is replying to.

Most each fashionable chat app has mounted this in some type or one other. Slack gives threads to preserve dialogue of a subject separated from the remainder of the room’s dialogue. Other apps like iMessage and Discord merely enable you to choose a message to reply to, often including a little bit of aptitude and much-needed context to your message when it is despatched.

Our crew took a nearer have a look at Google Messages, and it’s taking a comparable strategy to replies, with a reply arrow icon showing if you lengthy press a specific message. Tapping that icon places the message above the compose bubble together with a cancel button in case you alter your thoughts, and you may in any other case write your message as regular.

Update 10:55 am: With a little bit of experimentation, we discovered one other way to begin an RCS reply is by swiping a message to the facet, which provides the identical reply arrow icon. An instance could be seen within the gallery beneath.

The characteristic appears to be far sufficient alongside in growth for replies to be accurately despatched and acquired through RCS, with the replies even showing within the Google Messages net app. Just as you’d anticipate, a message with a reply consists of a preview of the unique message and the sender’s identify. Tapping that reply preview will trigger Google Messages to scroll up to the unique.

Better but, it’s possible you’ll not have to wait lengthy for replies to be totally obtainable in Google Messages, as some have reported that the characteristic is already stay for them. — Thanks Matthew and Kunal!

The capacity to reply is only one of many new options at present being ready for Google Messages. Just yesterday, we found a voice message transcription characteristic that works surprisingly properly, together with the power to use any emoji as an RCS response. Google very clearly has a plan to construct up Google Messages because it doubles down on making RCS the subsequent massive messaging customary.

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