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The Android Messages app is set for a much-needed redesign

Big changes are on their way to Android Messages. Google will modernise the RCS messaging app in a future update, by transforming its entire look and introducing plenty of useful new functionality.

An under-development version of the app seen by 9to5Google shows there’s lots to look forward to.

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First and foremost, it’s going to look slightly different. Android Messages is getting the Material Design treatment, which will see its currently grey background turn white.

There’s also a Dark Mode option, but it isn’t yet clear how it will look.

The blue bar at the top is also being stripped of its colour, the “Messages” header on the main screen is switching to the Google Sans font and moving to the centre of the bar, and there’s going to be a large new Start Chat button there too.

The most useful changes, however, are those being made to Search.

 

The redesigned version of the app will suggest filters, such as videos, links, pictures and locations, and the search bar will also try to make things easier by suggesting contacts.

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GIF search is on its way to Android Messages too, as is improved location-sharing and the option to quickly send spammers’ numbers and messages to Google.

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