Google Messages may switch to double-tapping to respond

After the massive rollout of Photomoji a few weeks ago, Google Messages is readying a small change that will have you double-tapping to respond.

About APK Insight: In this APK Insight post, we decompile the latest version of an application that Google uploaded to the Play Store. If we decompile these files (called APKs in the case of Android apps), we can see various lines of code in this hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever provide these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. However, we will try to give those that are nearing completion the opportunity to show you what they will look like if delivered. With that in mind, read on.

Today, long press on a text message or chat to go to the taskbar with emoji and photomoji options. The latest Google Messages beta (version 20240208_00_RC00) adds a promo string detailing how to get double_tap_to_react. This change is not live yet.

It remains to be seen whether you’ll still be able to hold down to access Copy, Delete, Mark, Share, Forward and Access Details from the top toolbar. It makes sense to differentiate the way you react in Google Messages and in this menu. However, I’m not sure there will be much time savings.

Meanwhile, in this beta, various Bard strings will be renamed to Gemini after the rename is live. It would suggest that Google is moving forward with this one-to-one chatbot in Messages.

  • Old: bard
  • New: Gemini

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