Google Messages Home Screen Getting Refreshed Design: Brings App Bar & More 

Google, this June, started taking its steps forward for testing a refreshed home screen design for Messages; during the whole procedure, the brand has experimented with multiple designs to offer the best out-of-rest Messages interface to the user for enhancing their experience. Now, finally, the company is rolling out the latest home screen design for Messages. 

What’s Changing With Redesign For Messages 

After months of beta testing, Google started rolling out the latest home screen design for Messages. Now, with the latest update, a new app bar is appearing in the place of the search field, which includes a four-color “G” logo placed first, followed by “Messages” and a magnifying glass icon. In a manner, this is very standing-out branding amidst the ongoing RCS push, which focuses attention on how this messaging experience is brought to you by Google. 

The other noticeable change is that Google Messages no longer uses a navigation drawer, through which the app gets more modernized. In place of that, now the users will get Archived, Spam & blocked, marked as all read, and Device pairing by tapping the user’s profile avatar in the top-right corner. Also, a prompt explains how those items are now “in one place” parallel to app settings.  

With this latest update, the search also gets upgraded, which is now a smaller but still obvious touch target; through this, the company is offering a grid of categories in place of the previous carousel to the users. Now, the users will also see a shortcut to their Starred texts or chats alongside filters for Unread, Known, Unknown, Images, Places, Videos, and Links. Google has removed tabs that were placed at the top for All, Personal, and Business, though the “Auto-delete OTPs after 24 hrs” option remained in settings.

All of these new changes will appear in the upgraded Google Messages version. If the users have yet to get the update, they can wait, as the company has already started rolling out this latest update widely. 


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Aakash Gour

Aakash is the main editor of RM Update and coordinator of the news area. If it is important and urgent, Aakash has written about it. He is an expert in the Android and Google ecosystem. He has been writing about mobile phones and technology in RM Update since 2019, a time in which he has been debugging his analyses and especially product photography.

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