Android users looking for a more convenient way to respond to texts have a more viable option now. The Google Messenger app now supports a quick-reply feature for texts, which is exactly what it sounds like. While long texts might require a proper response where you would want to open up the Messenger app, the shorter texts often require a much simpler response. Keeping that in mind, short responses to texts such as “where are you?” can now be handled within seconds.
The update allows users to respond directly from the notifications tray, meaning the entire app does not have to be open for users to fashion a response to something trivial. This could be a considerable time-saver, and can also reduce distractions. Similarly, it can also be particularly useful while driving.
The Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) update does not seem to carry any other major changes, making the quick-reply feature the only notable update to take place recently. It is extremely convenient though. The Messenger app for Android users can replace the default SMS app, if the smartphone or device in question is working with Android 5.0 or above. Users of the Lollipop OS can directly make use of this handy app, which will come pre-installed on devices such as Google’s own Nexus 6.
Lenovo smartphone users might be used to something similar as the company’s OS allows users to respond to new messages directly from the home screen or whichever tab is open. Google’s Android has a much bigger reach though, and the myriad of Android users will be considerably grateful for the convenient update. Once Android OS devices running 5.0 and above become common, we expect this new messaging feature to pick up in the market.