Google Messages is being improved to better handle and share photos
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Google Messages is being improved to better handle and share photos

9to5Google has discovered an update to the photo capture feature in Google Messages that will no longer depend on the brand of your smartphone.

Google Messages app
Google Messages app // Source: Frandroid

While all smartphones have their own photo app, the apps themselves usually use a different interface if you want to take photos within them. This is especially true for Google Messages, which benefits from a small update found on the site. 9to5Google.

This Google Messages update includes a redesigned photo and video capture experience. As a reminder, this interface is accessible by simply selecting the photo icon to the right of the text field and then zooming in on the preview. Until now, when you opened this preview, you had to specify in advance whether you were going to save a photo or a video. With this update, you can now switch between two capture modes on the fly.

Photo created directly by Google.

Moreover, and above all, this update offers a revised capture interface, as it was previously limited to using the smartphone camera app. From now on, thanks to the Compose platform, an interface dedicated to Google messages with Google graphic codes is offered, regardless of the brand of your smartphone.

Specifically, the shooting interface will allow you to take advantage of different photo modules with a certain level of zoom or zoom out – depending on different lenses. You can also customize whether you want to use the flash to take a photo and whether you want to switch to video shooting. Obviously, the ability to take selfie photos is also integrated into this shooting interface.

While this functionality may be more limited than the interface currently used by some manufacturers, it has the advantage of allowing Google to control the experience across all devices and develop new features at the same time.

Let’s also remember that you can obviously take photos in advance using your smartphone’s default app and then share them from the gallery integrated into Google Messages.


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