An­droid Mes­sages up­date

Lat­est up­date adds use­ful in­ter­face tweaks. MICHAEL SI­MON re­ports

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Every time we see an up­date to An­droid Mes­sages we get a lit­tle ex­cited, hop­ing it will fi­nally be the one that brings cross-de­vice sync­ing to our phones, tablets, and com­put­ers. Sadly, the lat­est ver­sion doesn’t add that fea­ture, but it does bring a cou­ple tweaks that should make it eas­ier to use.

Most no­tably, the screen used to start a new con­ver­sa­tion has been changed to elim­i­nate some of the con­fu­sion. Pre­vi­ously, when you se­lected a con­tact to send a mes­sage to, it sim­ply added the name to the ‘To’

line, as if it as­sumed you were adding more peo­ple. Then, you had to tap the tiny ar­row to start typ­ing. Now, pick­ing a name will bring you straight to the con­ver­sa­tion screen.

So, nat­u­rally, group mes­sag­ing is tweaked as well. There’s a new ‘Start group con­ver­sa­tion’ but­ton right at the top of your con­tacts lists which will let you pop­u­late the field as be­fore, or you can start a one-on-one con­ver­sa­tion and tap the icon to the far right of the name to add re­cip­i­ents. There’s also a new ‘Add peo­ple’ but­ton in the Peo­ple & op­tions menu screen.

There doesn’t seem to be any ad­di­tional changes in this ver­sion. If you want to get an early copy, you can side load the Google-signed APK from APKMir­ror.

This mat­ters be­cause An­droid Mes­sages is go­ing to be the de­fault mes­sag­ing client on many An­droid phones that ships this year, so any­thing Google can do to make it stream­lined and sim­pler will help with adop­tion. The pre­vi­ous method for start­ing a new solo mes­sage was a lit­tle con­fus­ing, so this change is def­i­nitely for the bet­ter. And it also shows that Google is pay­ing at­ten­tion to de­tails on An­droid Mes­sages, so hope­fully that means big things for the app in An­droid O.

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