Google Messages app on the Galaxy S22 Ultra

Google Messages looks set to give RCS chats a sweet upgrade

What you need to know

  • A new direct reply feature has been spotted in Google Messages.
  • Users can hold or swipe a message to respond to an individual message. Tapping the preview would send users to the original text.
  • The feature doesn’t appear to be widely available, although some users have already received it on their devices.

Google Messages is an excellent app for Android users, particularly due to RCS, which adds some nice functionality when texting between Android users. However, the app isn’t perfect, and there are several features we’d like to see come to Google Message. Fortunately, Google isn’t done improving the app, and it looks like a handy feature is being prepped that could help make conversations run a little smoother.

In an APK teardown by 9to5Google, it was discovered that Google is apparently working on adding the ability to directly reply to individual messages. This would work how it does in other messaging apps, where long-pressing a message received from another RCS user would present a new icon with the option to respond directly to that message. The option can also be triggered by swiping to the side with the option to cancel.

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