Beta version of Google Messages app receives update with subtle changes

Beta version of Google Messages app receives update with subtle changes
Spotted by Redditors (via Android Police) Google has pushed out an update to those beta testing the Google Messages app. The update, to version 5.0, removed the Dark Mode toggle from the app's settings on Android 10. From now on, the Messages app will follow the system-wide setting chosen by the user preventing a mismatch where the Messages app could have Dark Mode disabled and the system settings toggled on for Dark Mode. In a case like that, the Messages app would be bright while the system shade on top would be dark. Keep in mind that on older versions of the operating system like Android 9 and earlier, the Messages app will still have its own Dark Mode toggle.

Some of the other changes found in the update are more subtle. For example, the emoji shortcut has returned in the message field on the very right side of the "lozenge." Tapping on the smiley face opens up a whole world of emojis. In addition, the icon used for photo attachments has changed; the camera used in the icon is now smaller with the circle-shaped lens changed to a filled-in dot. And in the back of the camera the box, which probably represents a photo, now has a shape inside it.


Since this update just hit the beta version of the Google Messages app, those using the public version of Messages might not see it for a bit of time. Most likely you won't lose any sleep while waiting for Google to push this out to all devices running Android 10.

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9 Comments

1. applesnapple93

Posts: 313; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

and no Google provided RCS in America

3. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Works for me when I chat with a friend that has sprint. I have Total Wireless. Both using the stock google Message app. I have a Pixel 2 and he has a Nexus 5X. Same for my father on Sprint with his unlocked Pixel 3a. But not with my mother's Pixel 2XL on AT&T.

5. Taskism

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 01, 2019

Works fore on T-Mobile's network

6. applesnapple93

Posts: 313; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

maybe its just me. but most of everyone I know or meat has AT&T or Verizon which doesn't have it working (except for Pixel 3 standard on verizon)

9. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Yeah Verizon is a PITA

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1135; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

SMS Organizer by Microsoft is far better. Google can't get their s**t together to make a good alternative to iMessage.

4. Taskism

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 01, 2019

Until you need to send photos. Is there some obscure way to send photos that is not obvious? I loved it until there was no option for that.

7. Cyberchum

Posts: 1093; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Please, how does one delete multiple messages in a conversation at once? I thought I was able to do this before.

8. applesnapple93

Posts: 313; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

you long press a message in the conversation you want to delete then you tap each message you want to delete. once you selected all you want to select you click the garbage can... pretty straight forward.

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