Just as Google Messages has exceeded 1 billion installs on the Google Play Store, the team behind it is not resting, as it is constantly dripping new features. The new update to Google Messages is a nice little prompt for “attaching recent photos” while you’re sending your contacts.
If you have RCS active in a sponsored region the mini-prompt will appear. It appears that the option is now rolling out broadly, as I have the option as of the most recent beta update on the OnePlus 8 Pro. Anyway, you will now get a suggestion when you’re texting a contact that you may want to send an image from your photo library (via Android Police).
Tap the “add recent photo” that appears in the Google Messages main chat view just above the text input box will launch into the view of the image sharing. You can dive into your Gallery from here and add images and videos, or even take a picture. If you start typing it just disappears from view.
It looks like it’s live in Google Messages version 6.0.114, but we’re not sure if the prompt will only appear when you send a message to a contact who has RCS enabled on their device. Unless you send a regular SMS, it does not turn up. It probably would keep you from racking up large MMS bills. If you’re enthusiastic sender of pictures and images, this might be a perfect little addition, but for most people, it could just get in the way.
You can sign up for the new Google Messages beta on the Play Store right here to get the choice on your device.