Google has tried to make its Messages app a single one, even if it isn’t its own, since apps like WhatsApp or iMessage have become almost mandatory apps in some countries.
The latest move he’s made in this direction is a strong menu overhaul to insert things like emoticons or GIFs.
And yes, these types of items can be sent via SMS using RCS pro tocol, which needs to be adopted by operators independently.
Facilitate the sending of multimedia elements
The change of application consists of moving the menu to insert GIFs or stickers to put the two options next to emoticons, which are things people usually use in messages.
To this we also need to add the new side menu to add things like contact cards or attached documents. There are even options linked to the Google Assistant, to carry out research on the weather, restaurants …
This new menu appears in version 8.0 of the Google Messages app which is starting to send to the Play Store. Of course, not all users have the update available yet, so if you’re interested and the warning doesn’t pop, you can download it from websites like APKMirror.