A feature that reminds you to reply to a text message has been spotted in Google Messages. The feature spotted by XDA’s Quinny899, will give you the ability to turn on SMS reminders.
When receiving a message, a quick action that allows you to snooze the notification for up to an hour will appear next to the Reply option. Though, there is nothing to suggest that this feature will be available via notifications, or if you will be able to activate it from within the app itself, it still would serve as a very useful addition considering how often people forget to reply to their SMS.
For now, the feature is not an official beta, which is an indication that it is not official yet. So, don’t get your hopes too high because we might not get to see it for a very long time or not even see it eventually.
Google Messages is one of the most successful apps launched by Google in the last few years. The app has virtually replaced most default apps on devices simply because it comes with a lot of features that you can’t find in several other SMS apps.
In one of the most recent updates, Google added its powerful Assistant to the Messages app. This only means Messages will get smarter, which is something I pretty much like. The app has replaced the default messaging app on my phone since it was launched, and things will remain that way for a very long time should Google continue with powerful updates like the one it just added.
The Assistant won’t be working the same way it did in the now retired Google Allo because it can’t be invoked directly in Messages. The Assistant in Messages will work in the background to automatically provide useful suggestions when it can. Example of how this works is when you are talking about something like food, or music, or movie, a card prompting you to launch an Assistant query will show up in your feed. Using the feature is optional, and you can turn it off in the app’s settings.
Google gave assurances that conversations will not be sent to Assistant since it uses on-device AI. What this means is that suggestions from the Assistant will not pop up proactively. However, once you tap one of the chips the specific query will be sent to Assistant, and that will be all.
Soon to hit Google Messages is “Verified SMS.” Verified SMS is a soon-to-be added feature aimed at putting paid to the activities of scammers. It is a carrier-level feature that may finally bring an end to scam messages and to a large extent calls.