Google Introduces New Icons for Messages, Phone, and Contacts

Google Messages is a free, cross-platform messaging app that allows you to send and receive text, image, and video messages. It has been updated with a new icon and a wealth of new features.

The update includes a new conversation list, support for sending and receiving images, and more. The update is rolling out now, so keep an eye out for it. Finally, the app has been redesigned with a new interface. The app is now dark by default and has a new interface for the conversation view.

The new icon is a significant change for Google Messages, and it’s sure to be polarizing. We like it, but we can also see how some people might not be fans.

Google's new contacts, messages, and dialer icons on the Material You theme

Now Google is pushing Rich Communication Services (RCS). The company first added RCS support to its message app in 2018 and has been championing the cause ever since. Google repeatedly challenged Apple to adopt the service as part of its messaging platform. Now, Google is delivering more RCS goodness and bringing an array of new features that will undoubtedly be useful for users.

Although, the Android company has been working to make communication better. Ahead this year, the iPhone reacted to features on the messages. Now, it will also let Android users react to messages using emojis. However, Android users respond to messages using emojis. These will be helpful features for Android users, though. 

Moreover, to keep things better organized in conversations, Messages will now directly be able to allow individual responses to specific messages. Users can also enable notifications to include vital information like addresses, codes, and phone numbers. Google has also partnered with United Airlines to offer free messaging on United Airlines flights as long as you have RCS enabled.

The new Messages app also has a new feature called “Suggested Responses,” which will allow you to respond to certain types of messages with pre-written responses. It’s similar to the Quick Reply feature in existing Android apps but has a more basic interface.

Moreover, Google has updated the app icon, bringing it in line with its other products. At the same time, the company has also updated its Phone and Contacts apps’ icons. Most users have got the new icon on their devices, while others have yet to get the update.

Wrapping Up

The new icon for Google Messages is a blue and white chat bubble. The update also includes some new features, such as the ability to send messages to people who are not in your contact list and the ability to create group chats. These new features are currently available in the app’s beta version and will be rolled out to all users in the coming weeks.

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