Personalize Your Chat Bubble with Google Messages’ New Feature

Google is rolling out a string of updates for the app, including the ability to customize the colors of the text bubbles and backgrounds. You can have a different color for each chat, which could help prevent accidentally leaking a secret to family or friends. With the help of on-device Google AI, you can transform photos into reactions with Photomoji. The new Voice Moods feature allows you to apply one of nine different vibes to a voice message, by showing visual effects such as heart-eye emoji, fireballs, and a party popper. Google has also upgraded the quality of voice messages by bumping up the bitrate and sampling rate. In addition, there are more than 15 Screen Effects you can trigger by typing things like “It’s snowing” or “I love you.” Messages will display animated effects when certain reactions and emoji are used. On top of all of that, users will now be able to set up a profile that appends their name and photo to their phone number to help them have more control over how they appear across Google services. Some of these features will be available in beta starting today in the latest version of Google Messages. Google is rolling out these updates alongside the news that more than a billion people now use Google Messages with RCS enabled every month. Google had been trying to improve interoperability between Android and iOS. Apple recently said it would.