16 August 2019
Google appears to be testing a new feature or support for its messaging app that will allow the users to use Instagram-like effects while sending any message. Folks over at XDA Developers were able to enable these new effects and even created a short video to show us this new feature in action.
Currently, there are only 5 effects available in the Android Messages app. These are plane, balloons, fireworks, confetti, and an angel with a halo. The new feature can be seen available in the camera viewfinder and you can select one of them when you’re sending a picture to your contact. As noted by the tech site, this new feature is currently working only with the pictures you take in the Messages app and not in your regular camera. This means you can’t apply the filters to your already taken photos as it only applies the AR filters right when you’re into the camera viewfinder.
These Instagram or Snapchat-like filters add effects around you. For instance, the halo in the Angel filter will move as you move your head. These effects put things in front and behind you with great accuracy. For now, there are no cute face filters, like the puppy dog face, but we assume more filters will be added once the feature goes live to everyone.
Google has, of late, started focusing on its messaging app. Google is aiming to make this app richer and more interactive for more active usage among its users. Bringing these new AR filters to Android Messages is one of Google’s steps to make an iMessage-like platform. It’s using RCS (Rich Communication Services) to bring more such support to its messaging app. Last month Google brought RCS directly to Android without waiting for the supported carriers to take the charge. Android users in the UK and France will be able to opt-in to RCS Chat directly from Google. This RCS Chat will make SMS feel more like a messaging app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
Such a rich change inside the basic messaging app of Google may attract more and more users to use this app and eventually increase the userbase.