Smart Replies and new attachments UI seen in Android Messages

For those that prefer to use SMS over the likes of Allo, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger, Google's Android Messages app is one of the best texting apps you can get on the Play Store. Thanks to a couple of lucky users, it looks like Google is working on adding Smart Replies and a new UI for attachments to Android Messages at some point in the near future.

Starting off first with Smart Replies, this is something that was initially discovered in a teardown of the Android Messages app back in June. However, this is the first time we've actually seen the feature in use. As you can see from the image above, Smart Replies look a lot like they do on Allo and Gmail. After receiving a text message, you'll have three predetermined messages you can send that Google thinks you'll want to use based on the context of the conversation. This is honestly one of my favorite features of Allo, so it's exciting to see Smart Replies make its way to Android Messages.

In addition to this, a couple of screenshots of a new UI for adding attachments to messages has also been spotted. Right now, tapping the attachments icon in Android Messages shows a horizontal row of icons above your navigation keys for adding stickers, taking a photo, sending a picture you've already captured, recording a voice message, and sharing your location.

The new Android Messages UI.

All of these controls are still present, but they've been moved to the left in a vertical row. Additionally, rather than just showing stickers, photos, etc. one at a time, you can now view all of these options at once. We aren't sure if this is necessarily a good change or not, but it's interesting nonetheless.

There's no word from Google as to if/when these new additions will officially be released for Android Messages, and while I'm perfectly okay with the new attachments interface never seeing the light of day, the addition of Smart Replies is quite exciting.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • *Edit....looks like your Smart Reply image needs to be below the 2nd paragraph or change the content to say "As you can see in the image above".
  • Thanks!
  • And still no message scheduling
  • If you're on Verizon you can try their Message+ app; it supports SMS scheduling (although not MMS for some reason). It also includes in-app location sharing via Glympse.
  • Smart replies aren't all that. Hardly ever use them.
  • People still use SMS these days?
  • Yes because that's all that 99.9% of my friends use.
  • I was just thinking the same thing. I haven't used an SMS for a few years now except for carrier notices
  • Can someone please tell me how to send gifs via the s8 messaging app? It always says they exceed 300kb and cannot send.
  • Yes, I still have 5k+ a month... Now talking on the phone is another story, I don't talk really unless it's for work, my mom, or my gf.
  • I'm really looking forward to Smart Replies! I love using them in Allo but sadly there's not many people to use it with. Unfortunately, I don't see the smart replies feature on my app, despite side loading the newest 2.5 update. I guess Google's servers haven't chosen me yet.. 😥😐
  • Have they fixed "mass texts" yet?
  • Only the most hopeful person on earth would believe this will be any better than the previous attempts. Anyway WhatsApp is too well established, and I'm sure many like me are already using a number of different messaging apps and are unlikely to start using another one.. Google have missed the boat.