As Google begins to roll out iMessage reaction translations, Messages is getting ready to launch a navigation drawer that defies the company’s recent design trend. On the other hand, we have more information on how Google Photos will handle media uploads.
Google Messages nav drawer
The Material You and Dynamic Color redesign for Google Messages was fully implemented in October. A navigation drawer will be the next major visual change to the SMS/RCS client. It starts with your profile avatar and account picker being replaced in the overflow menu to the right of the search field, along with app settings.
Many of the items listed there have been moved to a nav drawer with the app’s icon and name at the top. “Starred,” “Archived,” and “Spam & blocked” follow “Messages.” Following the main app sections are “Device pairing,” “Choose a theme,” and “Mark all as read.”
Google Photos upload
For a while now, Messages has been planning to replace low-quality MMS video upload with Google Photos. More information about the upcoming integrated upload experience has since been enabled.
When you open the media picker while in a conversation, a promotional card will appear, describing the new option:
Share videos as they’re meant to be seen
Preserve video clarity when you send Google Photos links in MMS conversations
When you select a file with Google Photos enabled, it will appear in the compose field with a Google Photos badge and the file size. This will work for both videos and images, and it can be controlled in the settings. Google also provides a shortcut for managing share links in the Google Photos app from there.
via - 9to5Google