Finally, Google has started rolling out spam protection feature for Messages. Though, not everyone has seen the feature, Android Police reports that some users have already started seeing it.
I have checked it a couple of times, but still have not seen it yet, but it does appear that it is a server-side rollout and is only limited to a handful of users—at least for now. When the feature eventually appears, a notification like the one below will show up on Messages.
On the app, you will see a new “Spam protection” option in the Advanced section of your Settings menu [3-dot -> Settings -> Advanced], which will appear allowing you to manually toggle the feature on or off.
How it works: When you turn on the feature from your Settings, certain information about the messages you receive is sent to Google [information such as your phone number and the actual content of the message itself is not included]. Google then examines the received information to determine if it bears any relationship with spam messages in order to detect them.
You may choose not to grant access to the aforementioned information—it is your call; especially if you doubt Google’s sincerity about how your private data will be used.
Thanks to Google, Messages users will now be able to search for those pictures sent months ago with so much ease through the help of a search feature that was launched back in September. 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.
Prior to the launch of the search feature, Google had 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.