Have you ever received a text message, but didn’t feel like answering immediately, so you end up completely ignoring the message in the course of your day? I’m sure it happens more than I care to admit. Google’s new beta updates, version 5.2, include reminders so you don’t forget to return your loved ones with a fun little easter egg.
The Google Messages web client updated last night to include the handy Duo call button found in the Android app. A new version of Messages beta rolled out to the Play Store to correlate with that update.
With the update installed there is now an additional option for new message notifications. Tapping this choice more or less snoozes the incoming message and reminds you to come back to it in an hour, next to “Mark as read” and “Reply”
You may set reminders for complete conversations or go to a conversation to set a reminder for a specific message by digging into the main conversation list. Only long-press what you want to reminded and click the alarm clock icon in either case.
Google Messages will then remind you to reminded the text or conversation for what time. You can choose from presets such as “1 hour,” “later today” and some choices for the next day, or you can choose your own specific date and time.
Once that time rolls around, for that message / conversation you can get a separate reminder notification that also helps you to snooze it for another hour easily. Opening that notification brings you to a slightly altered version of the conversation view of Google Messages, with options for set another reminder, or saying you’re “Done” with the reminder.
In the new version of Google Messages, Android app spelunker Jane Wong even discovered an Easter egg. Tapping the word “Messages” 10 times at the top of your conversation list causes you to wiggle around.
Behind the Easter egg there seems to be no rhyme or reason other than whimsical. Sometimes you forget that until you see things like a Pixel 4 packed in a cereal box, Google can be a fun-loving company.