Google Messages could soon allow users to pin conversations and star mark their favourite messages. The features, though basic, allow users to pin the most important conversation threads and star-mark important messages so users can easily find them. In a teardown of Google Messages 8.1.05, it was found that the chat app was working on features that allow users to pin up to three conversations. Marking messages as their favourite or star marking messages lets users keep track of important messages.
Another feature that Google Messages is said to be working on is the ability for users to star-mark messages which they will be able to spot through the search feature. All the starred messages on the app will have a star badge, making it easier for users to spot them. The features have not been rolled out yet and were spotted in a teardown of Google Messages 8.1.050 by XDA developers. Google could roll out these features or could also do away with them since the threads of these features were only found in the APK version.
Other messaging apps like Telegram and WhatsApp allow users to star mark messages which get saved in a different folder. Previous reports noted that Google Messages was also working on conversation filters and a revamped emoji menu.
Google introduced end-to-end encryption for Messages in November last year so that the information that is shared between end-users remains private throughout the exchange process. For E2EE to work, both individual users need to be on the latest beta version of Messages and have the Chat over data or Wi-Fi feature enabled inside the Messages app.
Earlier this year, Google introduced a feature for Android users that gives users the option to change their profile picture through the Contacts app without having to follow all the steps they originally had to. Android users can change the profile picture from within the Contacts app by just tapping on it and selecting a new photo. Google also added the same functionality to the Google Photos apps, which allow users to set up a Google Account profile picture within the app.
In the past few weeks, Google has rolled out tools that will help users get rid of all their unwanted and blurry images as free Google storage will end soon. mail is rolling out a new tool that will enable users to save images directly to Google Photos without having to download them. Google is rolling out the new "Save to Photos" button. It also introduced a weeding tool of sorts that will help users clear out the unwanted images and videos to clear up the storage.
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