Google continues to prioritize the development of new features for Messages. Now Google Messages is joining the trend, and Google Messages testing double-tap react feature familiar on Instagram, Messenger.
Google Messages Testing Double-Tap React Feature
Google Messages, the default texting app for many Android devices, is reportedly testing a new feature that allows users to react with emojis simply by double-tapping on a message that borrows a familiar gesture from Instagram and other platforms.
The news comes from eagle-eyed folks at 9to5Google who discovered code strings hinting at the double-tap functionality in the latest beta version of the app. This feature is currently available in the latest beta version (20240208_00_RC00) of the app.
While the feature isn’t yet active, it suggests Google is testing the waters and could potentially roll it out in the future.
While the double-tap feature is still under testing, it’s a positive sign for Google Messages’ continued development. With RCS messaging gaining traction and competition heating up, Google is clearly aiming to keep its messaging app relevant and user-friendly.
Faster, more intuitive reactions could make Google Messages a more engaging and expressive platform, particularly for younger users accustomed to the double-tap lingo. While the feature is currently in the testing phase, its presence in the beta suggests a potential rollout in the near future