Google and messaging apps have not all the time been the most effective of pals — hell, Hangouts is barely weeks away from lastly dying a long-extended loss of life — however that does not imply issues aren’t going nicely with its present fling. Regardless of some Apple-related setbacks paired with a large PR marketing campaign, Messages continues to set the Android world on hearth, particularly when texting different RCS-compatible gadgets. Now, Google is engaged on bringing a long-awaited function to the app that ought to assist tame even essentially the most unruly group chats.


We simply noticed a ton of recent options coming quickly to Messages yesterday, together with some massive modifications to emoji reactions. Now, Google is including replies to the combo because it continues to play catch-up to different main messaging providers. 9to5Google dug via the app’s most up-to-date APK and managed to allow RCS replies. Replies have been round for a while on most different messaging platforms, highlighting the textual content you are particularly answering with a visible indicator. iMessage, Fb Messenger, Telegram assist replies, and now it is Google’s flip.

Messages would not break the mould right here, each in the way you activate a reply and the way it seems on-screen. Beginning a reply is straightforward: both faucet and maintain on the message, or swipe to the left. In both case, an arrow icon seems subsequent to your chosen textual content. Simply sort your response and hit ship, and the unique message will seem alongside it. Though it isn’t publicly accessible simply but — a minimum of for many customers — 9to5Google confirmed replies may very well be considered on all sides of the dialog with out concern, even on telephones the place it wasn’t lively and Google’s net app.

It is unclear when replies or any of the options noticed yesterday would possibly seem on Android, however Google surprises customers with new enhancements on a regular basis. We’re additionally not too removed from the Pixel 7 launch occasion, so an on-stage reveal is not out of the query.