All Android users are being urged to install a huge update that will make it “more like the iPhone.”

GOOGLE is giving its news app for Android a huge update — and it’s rolling out.

The overhaul gives it a few tricks familiar to anyone who’s used iMessage for iPhone on iOS, plus a few extra goodies.

Google's Messages app can now automatically transcribe voice notes


Google’s Messages app can now automatically transcribe voice notesCredit: Google
There is new support for emoji reactions sent via SMS


There is new support for emoji reactions sent via SMSCredit: Google

But unlike the iPhone, Google’s Messages app is based on something called RCS.

“[RCS is] a modern messaging protocol that supports richer text features, higher resolution images and videos, and enables end-to-end encryption,” said Jan Jedrzejowicz of Google.

Google has been pushing for Apple to adopt the system on iPhones, which would make texting between Android and iOS more seamless.

Now Messages gets a major upgrade, including support for emoji reactions from iPhone and the ability to “reply” to specific text.

It’s a free update, so keep an eye out for it in the coming weeks.

What’s new in News from Google for Android?

Google has announced 10 major changes to Messages.

Here are some of the biggest changes included in the update…

  • 1. The ability to reply to a single message in a conversation without interrupting the chat
  • 2. View iPhone users’ emoji reactions to SMS texts
  • 3. Automatic transcription for your voice messages so you can “read” the audio sent to you
  • 4. Reminders included in messages, e.g. B. A notification to call your mother on her birthday
  • 5. Support for watching YouTube videos in messages without leaving the app
  • 6. Intelligent automatic “Starn” of important messages such as addresses, door codes and phone numbers
  • 7. Automatic prompts for Meet calls when Messages detects text like “Can you speak now?”
  • 8. Possibility to chat with some companies found in Google search and Google Maps
  • 9. Messages that work on all devices including the new Pixel Watch
  • 10. Messages that work on planes — or at least on United Airlines partner flights

Google also updates the message icon with a nicer overlapping design.

“We’re updating the Messages icon over the coming weeks to better reflect today’s modern messaging experience and to have the same look and feel as many of Google’s other products,” explained Jan.

“It takes more than one page to have a conversation and that’s reflected in the design, with overlapping message bubbles coming together as one.”

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The new features will be rolled out “in the coming weeks”.

To get them, check the Google Play Store again for the latest updates to the Messages app.

This is the first look at Google's new logo for the Messages app


This is the first look at Google’s new logo for the Messages appCredit: Google

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