Google seems to be bringing a new categorization system for Google Messages

Google Messages is a default app and has proved to be an important tool for people to stay in touch with each other. It features the Rich Communication Services, or RCS in short, which is a next-generation replacement for regular messaging services like SMS and MMS. As a general term, RCS allows the users to exchange messages, photos, videos, and other forms of media files with other RCS-compatible phones or phone numbers through data connections like Wi-Fi.

Without an uninterrupted data connection, RCS will automatically fall back into the regular SMS/MMS mode. It gives the users benefits of instant messaging, as well as incorporates features like typing indicators, read receipt notifications, etc. It also supports group conversations. So, it is sort of like a mixture of SMS/MMS, WhatsApp, and Telegram.

Time and again, Google brings useful tools to the Google Messages, but recently some tweets started making rounds. Hani Mohamed Bioud, a web developer and designer has posted a screenshot which suggests that Google is likely to be working on making the Google Messages app smarter than before. It seems that the users will be able to find specific messages in certain specified categories that will help the users to sort their messages into specific channels.

At the moment, it seems that there are going to be five categories that will be available for users to categorize their messages into. These sections or categories include ‘Personal,’ ‘Transactions,’ ‘One-Time-Passwords (OTP),’ ‘Offers,’ and a category for perhaps miscellaneous messages labeled as ‘More.’



This message categorization system is probably going to be introduced in the upcoming version of Google Messages, along with an additional supporting feature that will automatically delete OTPs after a day. Both the new updates are pretty interesting and exciting because a new categorization system will make the Messages less cluttered and more organized. And the automatic deletion of OTPs after 24 hours is also a much-needed update to keep the space of the messages clean and safe.

It is not known when Google will officially roll out this feature for Google Messages, but you can try this message categorization system on the latest Beta version of Google Messages. Since Google usually brings server-side updates directly, it is hard to say whether most people will be able to try it in the Beta version also or not.

On the other hand, Alessandro Paluzzi reported that Google Messages is also testing a new feature that'll lock the microphone button during recording, which is probably a good addition for privacy focused users.

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