Google Messages, which has become one of the most dominant messaging apps on mobile, is currently working on two new important features. The two new features, which are still being tested according to XDA Developers, are part of what makes Telegram and WhatsApp popular.
Pinned Conversations as the name suggests, will let you pin up to three [that number could change] conversations at the top of your list for quick and easy access. This makes it easy to search for your most accessed conversations.
Starred Messages is the second upcoming feature that is still being tested. With this, you will be able to bookmark messages across conversations. These messages will be accessible through the search bar and maybe a dedicated section in the overflow menu of Google Messages. Starred Messages will also carry a star badge for easier and quicker identification.
The two features are still being tested, and no exact official date has been set for full release. However, when released, they will bring Google Messages almost at the level of WhatsApp and Telegram.
About this time last year, Google updated its Messages app with a number of new features including the ability to tap and hold a message to reply with an emoji reaction. This feature is only new to Messages, but not to Facebook Messenger where users have long had the chance to reply with emoji.
Emoji reactions was added along with four other features. To use the emoji reaction, simply tap and hold the message you want to react to and a short list of cool animated emoji will pop up for you to choose from. This feature, however, only works when RCS is turned on your phone.
Google also upgraded Smart Reply to include suggested stickers to make it easier to let your loved ones know just how much you care for them. First, you have to turn on Smart Reply suggestions that will allow stickers to automatically show up as you text. This eliminates the need to search for one to share at that crucial moment.
An image editor was also added to Messages that allows you to easily create art with your photos and share them with friends during conversation. To get started, simply take a photo with the in-app camera and add text or draw on the image using brushes before sharing them with friends and family.