Google continues to enhance its popular Messages app, making communication more intuitive and convenient. The latest evidence, discovered by 9to5Google in a beta APK teardown, suggests that Google is exploring a ‘double-tap to react’ feature.

While not yet officially confirmed or available, this potential feature hints at a streamlined way to react to messages within Google Messages. Much like Instagram and other social apps, double-tapping a message could automatically send a quick reaction (likely a thumbs-up emoji or your last used reaction). Users would likely retain the long-press option on messages for access to the full range of emoji reactions.

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Image credits: 9to5Google

This ‘double-tap to react’ development is the latest in a series of new features Google has introduced to Messages. This includes expanded emoji reaction options and the innovative Photomoji feature, which lets you create personalized stickers and reactions. These enhancements underscore Google’s commitment to improving the functionality and expressiveness of its core messaging app.

Along with the potential reaction update, code findings further suggest that Google’s AI assistant will arrive in Messages under the new name ‘Gemini.’ This was an expected direction since Google recently rebranded its ‘Bard AI’.

Though not yet available in stable or beta versions of Google Messages, these discoveries showcase Google’s drive to make communication through Messages even more seamless and enjoyable. Keep an eye out for updates as these features may roll out in the near future.

Dwayne Cubbins
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My fascination with Android phones began the moment I got my hands on one. Since then, I've been on a journey to decode the ever-evolving tech landscape, fueled by a passion for both the "how" and the "why." Since 2018, I've been crafting content that empowers users and demystifies the tech world. From in-depth how-to guides that unlock your phone's potential to breaking news based on original research, I strive to make tech accessible and engaging.

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