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Google Messages and Photos may integrate to fix the worst thing about MMS

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Google Messages Hero (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google Messages may tap into Google Photos for MMS.
  • This is likely to send the recipient a link that will open to higher-resolution video.
  • This method may be similar to how Samsung shares high-resolution media with its Messages app.

Anyone who sends a video over MMS would know that the result can be hit or miss, and it's not great even when it's a hit. However, according to code found in the latest beta version, Google seems to be preparing to fix that by integrating Google Photos into its Messages app.

9to5Google dove into Google Messages version 10.4 APK and found a new setting that would allow users to "share sharper clarity video in text (SMS/MMS)." The setting is marked under Google Photos, meaning the apps would somehow integrate to share high-quality videos.

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It's unclear how this feature would work whenever Google rolls it out, but it could potentially create a link for the video file that's shared to the recipient, who could then open it to view the media. This approach would be similar to Samsung's Messages app, which has a feature that sends media through a link using Samsung Cloud.

Google could potentially take the feature a step further and somehow allow the media to play natively in the Messages app. For now, its implementation remains a mystery until the feature rolls out.

That said, it sounds like the new feature would be quite helpful, considering sending video over MMS is a hot mess. Of course, there's always RCS which sends high-quality media across the best Android phones.

With Google Messages already the default on devices like the Pixel 6 on phones from Samsung and others, RCS is becoming much more widespread, making the messaging experience between devices much better.

However, given the lack of support from iOS, this new feature sounds like it can address one pain point with sending media between the two operating systems and other Android phones that don't have RCS enabled.

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

7 Comments
  • It doesn't help that carriers still needlessly throttle media thru MMS. Eagerly awaiting this feature.
  • Yeah, and I can see Google potentially using this as a tactic with those pictures uploaded to photos & counting against your storage as an attempt to convince that you need to buy Google One.
  • No need to convince me. I've already purchased 100G for the back breaking small fortune of $1.99\mo. That Google is the DEVIL. 😱🙄
  • I'm waiting for that official Google messages ONEUI update that Samsung is going to start using. Samsung just needs to integrate Google messenger as a default texting app. Also Google needs to integrate Google chat and messages together.
  • Google gets some of it's best ideas from Samsung...
  • Why are Sammy fans always butthurt about something? You like your phones just like many others ava there are just as many who don't like Sammy. So what!
  • Messages on Android is just a complete mess and Google has no answer