Google Messages is testing the floating conversation bubbles


Do you remember the bubbles, that new notification system that was supposed to arrive with Android 10 about 4 months ago and then magically disappeared (hiding in the developer options)? Well, it seems that Google has not completely abandoned the idea and is testing a version of its Messages app compatible with these Bubbles.

To discover it was an XDA editor who activated the functionality within the application. The Message Bubble allows you to view incoming messages (and reply to them) through a floating window. The same window will open by touching the icon, which shows the photo of the contact, the app icon and a preview of the message.

We hope that the work on this feature is proceeding. It is a pity that news of the kind appears and then ends up in limbo.

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GOOGLE MESSAGES FIGHT AGAINST SPAM WITH VERIFIED SMS

It is worth to mention that recently, the verified SMS has arrived on Google messages beta version. It will offer users a new option to protect themselves from spam and phishing attacks. The thing is that users will be able to see messages from verified contacts. The function will be active by default.

The feature only works when an SMS appears to be sent by a verified business. Google will use authenticity codes to verify each SMS you receive to alert you of any spoofing attempt or misleading content, and thus save you from clicking on dangerous links or giving away your sensitive information to iffy sites. This verification uses a unique hash created based on your phone number, the business, and the message’s content. Every unique hash is created on your device. Then sent to Google which compares it against the one it received in parallel from the verified business.

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Verified messages will show a dedicated icon that will help the user to distinguish them. It will be possible to deactivate them from the app settings, although for obvious reasons Google does not recommend it.

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