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You can now edit RCS chats in Android Messages

Android’s RCS message capabilities come close to those of iMessage. Google announced today that you can now edit RCS messages, bringing parity with the iMessage editing feature Apple added two years ago.

The new editing feature gives you 15 minutes (same as iMessage) to edit a message in the Google Messages app. Touch and hold the message to display a text box to correct your typos or add more clarity.

RCS messages will soon close the gap between green and blue bubbles on iOS. Apple announced that it will support RCS in the Messages app starting in 2024, giving iPhone owners typing indicators, read receipts, and high-resolution media sharing when chatting with their friends using an Android phone. Although Apple hasn’t provided a specific timeline, it’s assumed RCS will arrive in iOS 18, which we’ll find out in its WWDC keynote on June 10 ahead of a fall launch.

Google had a few other new features to roll out. Android users with a Chromebook or Android tablet will soon benefit from Instant Hotspot, similar to another feature Apple rolled out years ago (in 2014 in iOS 8 and macOS Yosemite). “Soon, with Instant Hotspot, you’ll be able to connect your Android tablet or Chromebook to your phone’s hotspot with just one click, without having to go through the extra step of entering your password” , wrote Jan Jedrzejowicz, Google product director. the company’s blog post announcing the new features.

In the same spirit, Google Meet will soon allow you to quickly move devices during a call. You can tap the Cast icon in the app to switch between an Android phone, tablet, or web browser, which is handy when you want to change locations during a video chat.

Left: A Pixel phone with a Google Home widget on its home screen.  Right: A Pixel Watch with a Google Home complication (fan icon) to the left of the time.Left: A Pixel phone with a Google Home widget on its home screen.  Right: A Pixel Watch with a Google Home complication (fan icon) to the left of the time.

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Android also simplifies smart home controls. A new Google Home Favorites widget lets you access room temperatures or lighting controls with just one click. This seems like a more intuitive placement than the lock screen shortcut for smart home controls that Google introduced in Android 13. You can sign up for a public preview to try out the widget.

Additionally, Wear OS will receive a Google Home Favorites tile and a complication for smart home control from your wrist.

Google is also adding new Emoji Kitchen combinations. If you’re not familiar with it, this clever feature lets you mix two emoji in Gboard to send franken-moji stickers to your friends. The company didn’t provide a full list of new options, but it did point to a disco ball and headphone combo as one example.

Other Android updates include using PayPal on Google Wallet from Wear OS watches. Android digital car keys are now available with select Mini models and will soon be available for “select Mercedes-Benz and Polestar vehicles.”

News Source : www.engadget.com
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