Google adds new search feature to Android Messages

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Credit: https://www.blog.google/products/messages/five-new-features-try-messages/easy-way-search-through-past-conversations-messages/

Google is adding a new feature to Android Messages once again—the short message app is now making it easier to search through previous conversations. You will now be able to dig deep [search] for those pictures sent a month ago with so much ease. Better still, finding that address a friend sent you a month or a while ago will no longer be difficult. You can do all these and even more by simply searching by contact or type of content.

Simply tap on the search icon from where you will be able to select a specific contact to view your messaging history with them. The messaging history could include one-to-one and group conversations, all the photos shared, videos, addresses or even links among others.

Google is rolling out search in Android Messages this week, and that means you can look forward to digging up those old conversations.

A couple of months ago, Google introduced the web version of Android Messages to the delight of millions of users across the world. The roll out further made the app more popular and attractive to users, especially when you consider the fact that you can now send and receive text messages from your desktop.

The functionality is integrated into the Android official SMS/RCS client. Considering the amount of people using Google’s operating system, Android Messages on the web could very well be Google’s way of giving Apple’s iMessage a run for the money.

To get started, simply scan the QR codes on your desktop to connect. The process is pretty similar to that of Allo, and only takes a couple of minutes to complete.

Virtually every popular browser you can think of is supported by the functionality. Unlike in the case of Allo where Google only started with Chrome, Messages for web is opening the show with Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla, and Safari.

Google recently changed the look and feel of Android Messages last month when it introduced a dark theme. The new Material Theme, which is stark white in color, has lighter secondary colors conversation bubbles while the avatar icons have now been changed to make them bolder.

As against the black backdrop, text, buttons, and icons now appear in white color. The Smart Reply chips now uses black text on white bubbles, but that could just be temporary. You can enable the dark mode by going to settings to switch a toggle.

Dark Theme is preferred by many users because of its many benefits. For example, viewing YouTube in a room with dim light does not leave any strain on your eye. It is very unlike the usual way of watching YouTube, especially in an apartment where there is no light or the light is dim.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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