Google Messages Expands Beta Testing for Delivery Indicator Feature: Report

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Google has expanded beta testing of the WhatsApp-like delivery indicator feature for its Messages app. The tech giant began beta testing the Google Messages delivery indicator in October 2022 and is now available to more users. The indicators appear as a double check mark. Notably, the feature is currently rolling out to phones enrolled in the Google Messages beta program. Additionally, Google’s messaging app is also getting another feature called “Create Your Profile,” but it’s still under development.

According to a report from Android Police, Google is rolling out the new delivery indicators to more beta testers. According to the screenshot shared by the portal, Google Messages shows a single circular checkmark indicator for sent messages, while for delivered messages, there are two checkmark indicators next to each other. In addition, these indicators appear filled after the text has been read.

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The report noted that there is no information regarding the rollout of the stable version of the new features. Google started beta testing the new delivery indicators in October 2022 and now it’s available to a wider audience. Google Messages currently has clear delivery indicators for ‘Sent’, ‘Delivered’ and ‘Read’.

In addition to delivery indicators, Google Messages is also getting a new “Create Your Own” profile feature, which is still in development. According to a report from SamMobile, Google Messages allows you to create your own user profile. The profile page was discovered by Esper’s Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) in the app’s Settings menu. However, the feature is currently not working. But once the feature is live, Google Messages will allow users to create their own profile with a photo, name, and email address.

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Meanwhile, Google has also announced end-to-end encryption for group chats in its Messages app. Notably, the new feature will roll out to Messages users enrolled in the open beta program in the coming weeks. E2EE messages are private and secure and can only be seen by the sender and recipient. The group conversations with E2EE enabled will have a “This chat is now end-to-end encrypted” banner.

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