Google Messages, the default app for SMS and MMS present on the Pixel series smartphones, but also on many other Android smartphones from manufacturers that do not implement a specific proprietary app, is about to receive a convenient feature that has already been present for some time on the official client of Google for email, aka Gmail.
The small novelty concerns the possibility to customize the scrolling actions related to the conversation list, announced some time ago, and is currently (and slowly) reaching the beta testers enrolled in the Google Messages beta program through the Google Play Store.
Google Messages is about to earn customizable swipe actions
Many of you will surely know Google Messages, whether in possession of a Pixel series smartphone or if in possession of another Android smartphone but from a manufacturer that does not implement its own app for classic messaging, or because they are simply passionate about the sector.
Initially, Google Messages was designed by the Mountain View giant solely for receiving and sending SMS and MMS, only to be revisited and enriched to compete a bit with the competition, see iMessage but also see other instant messaging apps. In fact, from 2019, Messaggi integrates the RCS ( Rich Communication Services) functionality which makes it a real app for instant messaging, free from the canonical SMS and MMS.
In addition to this milestone in its evolution, Google Messages has received many graphic updates, including the Material You canons, and many other smart features, often borrowed from Gmail, a real laboratory for features based on artificial intelligence in the field.
Messaging and spam protection for Big G. From Gmail, however, Google’s “basic” messaging app has often inherited some features, even just related to organization and search, and the one we are talking about today can be classified among those belonging to the first of the two groups.
Users running the latest beta version of the app, in fact, are starting to receive customizable scrolling actions, which have already been present in Gmail for a long time and whose arrival in the messaging client was already expected. for some time: up to now, in fact, by scrolling a conversation to the right or to the left, in Google Messages it was only possible to archive the conversation; with the news coming, however, like Gmail, users will be able to differentiate the actions between swiping to the right and vice versa, choosing from several available options that include, in addition to the already present possibility of archiving a conversation, also the possibility of deleting a conversation or disable the swipe gesture altogether.
As reiterated, at the moment the functionality seems to be available only for those who run the beta version of the app: given the times of diffusion of the news related to Google Messages, therefore, do not worry if you still cannot customize the scrolling actions while running the beta; for users who instead run the stable version of Google Messages, however, it will be necessary to wait a few more weeks for the functionality to be distributed on a large scale.
How to download the beta of the app
To try out the new features that the development team introduces in Google Messages, you will need to install the beta version of the app: to do this, simply sign up for the beta program of the app via the app page on Google Play Store or through this link. If the Beta Program is complete, it would still be possible to test the news in preview by proceeding with the manual installation of the APK, downloadable through the APKMirror portal (accessible via this link).
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