New Android Messages update adds Duo integration, new message indicators, RCS for dual SIM phones, and more

New Android Messages update adds Duo integration, new message indicators, RCS for dual SIM phones, and more

Google's Android Messages has received a new update. The patch log of the new version 2.7 doesn't contain details about any changes, but a teardown of the APK file has revealed a few notable additions. 

One of the important features coming with the latest update is integration with Google Duo. If you have contacts that have Duo installed, their respective title bars should now include a video camera icon. 

Android Messages will also indicate how many new messages you've received when you re-open a conversation. Last but not least, the update adds support for the RCS standard on dual-SIM phones, allowing owners of such devices to send messages over Wi-Fi, see when friends are typing, group chats, location sharing, and so on.

Aside from the new features, the size of Android Messages itself has been reduced as well. According to The Android Police, the app is now 5.7MB lighter thanks to a removal of a micro-APK intended for Android Wear devices. 

If you'd like to download or update Android Messages to the latest version, feel free to follow the link below.

Download Android Messages on Google Play



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7 Comments

1. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 899; Member since: May 07, 2014

The whole functionality of Duo and Allo should have been included in the messages app. There is no need for separate apps.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1781; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

And everything already existed in Hangouts years ago LOL. I absolutely love Hangouts and lived off of it as my primary messaging/calling/video calling mode. But unfortunately everyone I know has left Hangouts :(. Ironic how all the fandroids here mock apple on every possible detail, yet Android's messaging/calling solutions are a total mess. iMessage works flawlessly.

4. Landon

Posts: 1229; Member since: May 07, 2015

As an Android user, I wish there was one app to control all messaging and video calls. Apple is definitely ahead of Android in terms of the messaging app.

6. redmd

Posts: 1890; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

And yet how many android OEM are out there? Each of whom has their own version of a messaging app.

5. TheOracle1

Posts: 1867; Member since: May 04, 2015

Google's messaging portfolio is a mess but I still use Hangouts every day especially the Google Voice feature. Whatsapp has basically taken over all my other messaging needs and I hardly use sms at all anymore. Apple users seem to love iMessage and I guess it's pretty good but it's not cross-platform so basically useless to the majority of smartphone users.

2. applesnapple93

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Android messages is crazy slow. Also doesn't have a media section like textra. I want to use android messages but Textra blows it away...

7. Jrod99

Posts: 694; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Never could get anyone to use the message app I was using on Android. So just end up using the text app on the phone. Really like iMessage and probably keeps me on ios even though the Note 8 is really tempting.

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