Google seems to have a great liking for the “Dark Mode” as well as for “Material Redesigns”.
After the launch of YouTube’s dark mode earlier, now the Android Messages would also have a Dark Mode.
But that’s not all, it looks like after Google Phone and Google Contacts, (both of which acquired Material Redesigns in August), now Android Messages would also have stunning Material Redesigns.
More Details about the Material Redesigns along with Dark mode on the new Android Messages –
On the 16th of August, it was noticed by many bloggers and Reddit users that the new version of Android Messages, i.e. Version 3.5 has been rolled out.
Unfortunately, within just few days, Google had REVERTED this new update. Hence, it is quite clear that Google was just testing this feature.
More Insight –
Android Police were among the first to notice this removal. They said the following on their blog –
“For whatever reason, Google has seemingly decided to pull the update (which was server-based) for everyone. We’re not sure why as there didn’t seem to be any major issues with it, but people have tried clearing data, wiping cache, force closing, and uninstalling, all to no avail. “
Well, either ways, here is some further information based on this new Android Messages version. Possibly, you might even be able to make this feature work through the various download options given towards the end.
What are the various noticeable changes in this Version 3.5 of Android Messages?
The dark mode can be enabled by –
Clicking the 3 dots menu at the top right corner > Select Enable Dark Mode option.
And voila! You can now use Android Messages in Dark Mode.
Other than the obvious change over to the Dark Mode, here are few other important changes noticed by many –
- The interface looks more elegant and neat overall.
- The material theme has a polished look due to the strict white background which replaces the original light grayish color.
- Messages basically default your chat bubble to blue no matter what mode you’re in.
- Much like iMessage, it has a new centered app name at the top and uses Google Sans font.
- Google replaced the ‘+‘ FAB with a larger one including a new icon and ‘Start chat‘ text.
- It also brings a Smart Reply feature which you could enable by going to the app settings. The feature uses your recent messages to show you relevant suggestions.
- As a matter of disadvantage, the custom colors for different conversations is no longer available.
How to get the new version of Android Messages?
You could download and install the latest APK from APKMirror by clicking here – Android Messages with Material Design 2 from APKMirror.
If you don’t see the new design right away, force stop the application, clear the cache, and check it again. You would possibly have to do this twice for better results.
Also, it is definitely active in this version as many users on Reddit are reporting that they have the new redesign following an update from the Google Play Store.
If you are still unable to use it, then all you could is wait until Google officially announces about the Android Messages – Version 3.5.