A recent update to the Google Messages app has prepared the app for a handful of new messaging functionalities and current features, according to the latest “APK Insight” report from 9to5Google. These uncompleted features
You can send and receive voice communications when sending a regular SMS/MMS or RCS message. You’ll be able to see transcriptions of your voice messages in a future update to help you communicate more easily, possibly in situations where you can’t listen to a message aloud. The feature was enabled manually and tested in the report. Screenshots show that the voice memo is transcribed on the smartphone. When transcribing a voice memo that was longer than 10 seconds, there was a noticeable delay. Google Messages reactions allow you to ding an emoji in response to any RCS message. In the next update, you’ll be able to reply to a message with any emoji instead of just the seven you can use now.
The thumbs-down emoji has been replaced by an icon that displays all of the other emojis in this upgraded functionality. The feature was turned on and tested by hand, and users could get new emojis as reactions whether or not the feature was turned on. Finally, when selecting items to share with a friend via Messages, a new gallery view is available. When you select a photo, the attachment option for the gallery will appear and allow you to scroll vertically rather than horizontally. These features may be included in a future version of the Google Messages app, but they have yet to be confirmed, so they may or may not appear in new builds.