Google is testing Instagram, Snapchat-like AR effects in Messages app: Report

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 01 Jul 2019

​Google is testing AR effects in Messages app: Report.

These effects are a lot like the ones we have already seen on Instagram and Snapchat.

Initially, there are only five AR effects to choose from.

Google is testing Instagram, Snapchat-like AR effects in Messages app: Report

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Google has been working to improve the overall Messages experience, and as a part of this drive, it is testing AR stickers in the app. Folks at XDADevelopers were able to use these effects, which look a lot like the ones that we have already seen on social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. It should be noted that these effects are only available in the Messages app. Users won’t be able to use them in the Camera app.

According to the publication, there are a total of five effects: plane, balloons, fireworks, confetti, and an angel. These AR effects are present in the camera viewfinder, so when a users taps to send an image, he/she can select the desired effect from the ‘Effect’ tab. Reportedly, these will be through MMS, SMS, or RCS. The publication also claims that the feature is able to recognise a user’s face and put stickers are in the frame with “great accuracy.” You can watch all the five effects in the video below.

The news comes after Google announced that it would replace the ageing SMS app with Rich Communication Services, popularly known as RCS. This wasn’t possible till now because Google had left it up to the telecom carriers to bring support for the service globally. But that didn't really work out, and the company has apparently decided to take over the RCS rollout instead of depending on carriers. RCS offers a multitude of features like high-quality attachments, read receipts, typing indicators and more.

At MWC 2019, Google announced that it would integrate its smart assistant into Messages. Once rolled out, users will be able to see the Assistant button when using the Messages app. If you tap on the button, you can ask it a question, and the answer will be populated in the text field. Initially, the feature will be limited to the English language. Google also clarified that the company would not read its users’ texts and the only information that’s sent to the company’s servers is the question you ask Google Assistant within the app.

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