Context is key, context is king and context is cool
Navigating your Android phone with its apps and notifications has become smarter and easier over time. Smart Replies have made it easy to send quick replies and for those who use Google Messages, it’s a quick tap to keep someone away from you while you’re at it. But Google knows that more can be done with predictive behavioral suggestions, and it seems some of its developers are looking to put this into action.
In an app decompilation, 9to5Google has found clues to new context-aware suggested shortcuts that allow users to “star a post, schedule the moment, and more…”
Current user-facing text explains that these shortcuts are activated when the app reads phone numbers, dates, and other such data that may need to be remembered for later.
The shortcuts may appear as a gray icon in the UI that can be tapped to activate, as indicated by the starred message animation above.
We’re assuming a good amount based on the limited reporting so far, but starred messages may be prioritized in the Messages home view, while times or dates may encourage users to jot down a quick calendar event or reminder, though this is not demonstrated or further stated against 9 to 5.
These items were found in the latest beta of Google Messages (via APK Mirror), but it might be best to take a wait and see approach.
Google Messages has also learned in its efforts to provide automatic context to user threads, sorting them into different categories, such as for donations, personal communications, and one-time passwords.
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