The Google Messages app is getting ready to share photos via Google Photos and the hamburger menu may be back.
According to a fresh rumor from 9to5Google, the Google Messages app may be getting ready to incorporate Google Photos for sending photos and movies over MMS rather than the outdated platform.
The outlet’s APK Insight piece includes screenshots of the functionality as if it were functioning. When you try to share a video in a conversation, a card will appear and promote a new way to share films and photographs by uploading them to Google Photos.
“Share videos as they’re meant to be seen […] Preserve video clarity when you send Google Photos links in MMS conversations.”
It’s worth mentioning that the functionality appears to make the recommendation when sending a media message over an MMS conversation. This indicates that the other person either does not have RCS chat enabled or is (more likely) using an iPhone. A link to watch or download the material would be sent to the recipient.
Aside from the Google Photos feature, Google appears to be reversing its plan to gradually take out the “hamburger menu,” commonly known as the “navigation drawer,” from most Android apps by simply hiding all menu items behind a profile photo icon.
Messages, Starred, Archived and Spam & Blocked tabs are all under what appears to be the return of the navigation drawer, according to the decompiled APK.
However, it appears like Google is simply doing this for the Messages app and that the Material You principles will not be changed to incorporate the navigation drawer.
Because they are disabled within the APK, neither the Google Photos upload nor the navigation drawer is official.
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