Google Messages received its version(v4.2) update today and adds an important feature that was missing from it which is: Sending generic file types. This means, you can now send files without being limited to just the standard photo and video collection that is any type of attachements. A teardown also brings follow-ups to the topics of Verified SMS and Google Assistant integration.
Google has started to compete with Whatsapp in terms of features available for the users. Google Messages is built into some phones even on the custom skins by the company such as in ZenUI in Asus Zenfone 5Z, Stock Android in Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 and many more.
Let us now get into the details of what exactly these new features offer us:
- Attach any type of file: As discussed earlier, Google finally took the plunge and the Messages app now supports sending of generic files. Google has finally introduced a new option for all its latest users to send attachments of any type which was usually only photos or videos previously. Just hit the attachment button and you’ll be taken to the standard file browser where the users can pick from the standard file providers like Google Drive or Dropbox.
- Verified SMS: In this update we have been able to find some new traces of Verified SMS for Business, that is Google may tell us if the message is from a verified Business or not , We haven’t been able to find traces for personal messages, so it may be true that Google will only implement Verified SMS verification for Business.
- Google Assistant Integration: We’ve been watching the Assistant’s integration into Messages develop since v4.1, and we’re getting another step closer with this update. It appears as though Messages will show a notification on your device when the Assistant is sending a message. It seems like this might occur when the Assistant needs to get your confirmation before sending the message.