Say Goodbye to Long Text Boxes: Google Messages Debuts Single-line Format


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In April, Google Messages underwent a subtle but significant change, bringing back the single line compose field for text messages. This follows a series of recent updates that revamped the audio recorder and introduced Selfie GIFs.

Back in January, Google had introduced a more prominent redesign of the compose field. This new design featured a left-aligned text box, which clashed with the right-aligned message bubbles. Additionally, it split functionalities into two lines. When opening the text field, users would see the standard emoji button followed by shortcuts for Magic Compose, the gallery, and a “more” button condensed into a separate row below. This aimed to provide easier access to these features while typing.

Google Messages Reverts to Single-Line Text Field After User Feedback

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However, the double-line design received mixed reviews. Many users expressed a dislike for the change, citing a sense of disorientation and a less efficient use of screen space. Google, responsive to user feedback, made the switch back to the single-line field in the compose area.

While the default state remains unchanged, the key difference comes into play when you begin typing. Previously, all the shortcuts – emoji, Magic Compose, gallery, and “more” – would be readily visible below the text field. Now, with the single-line approach, only the emoji button and the “+” button (housing the additional features) remain permanently visible. This might appeal to users who prefer a cleaner interface with less visual clutter and animation.

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Smaller Single-Line Text Field in Google Messages

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There’s a trade-off, however. The single-line field reduces the width available for the actual text. This means you can only see four lines of text before needing to scroll, which might be a minor inconvenience for those accustomed to seeing more at once.

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It’s important to note that this new single-line text field isn’t a universal update yet. As of now, it has only been spotted on devices running the beta version 20240506_04_RC00. This suggests a gradual rollout, allowing Google to gather further feedback and potentially refine the design before making it widely available.

Overall, this change reflects Google’s commitment to user experience. By listening to user feedback and reverting to the more familiar single-line compose field, Google aims to strike a balance between accessibility and a clean interface. Whether this is the final iteration or if further adjustments are coming remains to be seen, but it demonstrates Google’s willingness to adapt based on user preferences.

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