Google Messages 5.2 adds chat reminders and prepares to support bubble notifications and suggested stickers

Google Messages 5.2 adds chat reminders and prepares to support bubble notifications and suggested stickers

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Google tests a number of features on its apps before they’re released to the stable or beta channel. If these features are implemented but made inaccessible, we are sometimes able to enable them before public release. And more often than not, these features gradually make their way to the stable channel. We’ve previously discovered features like Instagram-style effects, verified SMS and SMS reminders in the Google Messages app. Now, Google is finally rolling out SMS reminders with the latest stable update.

As reported by AndroidPolice, Google Messages version 5.2 has now officially enabled chat reminders for all users. This new feature will let you set a reminder for any chat if you wish to go back to them sometime later. To set a reminder you just need to tap and hold on the chat to show the new reminder icon in the top right corner. Tapping on the icon will bring up a new context menu, which will let you set a reminder for one hour, the next morning, noon, or night. The feature also lets you choose a specific date and time for the reminder if none of the default options work for you.

Once the reminder is set, you’ll notice a clock icon to the right of the chat. You can edit or remove the reminder by opening the conversation. When the time is up, you’ll receive a new notification of the last message in the chat. You can either tap to open it or delay it by an hour from the notification itself.

Additionally, recent tweets from Jane Manchun Wong show that Google Messages is also prepping up to add support for Android’s new Bubbles API which is currently in Developer Preview in Android 10. While we’ve previously seen this feature in action, it’s set to go live with Android 11 next year.

Furthermore, Wong also discovered that Google is testing a new Suggested stickers toggle within the Messages settings. When enabled, this feature will bring up intelligent sticker suggestions within a conversation.

As of now, Google Messages 5.2 is slowly rolling out to users via the Play Store. If you have the app installed on your phone already, you should receive the update notification soon. In case you don’t, you can download the latest version available on the Play Store from the link below.

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Source: Android Police