Google Messages nudge takes a page out of Gmail’s book

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Google Messages nudge takes a page out of Gmail’s book

The amount of data that we’re bombarded with daily is nearly a sure-fire way for important things to slide through the cracks. While many will believe their brainpower to recollect things, it’s been proven that most individuals tend to forget too easily. Unsurprisingly, no shortage of technological solutions attempts to nudge forgotten but important tasks. Google is bringing one such solution to its Messages Android app after baking for years in Gmail.

When Google made the unpopular decision to shutter fan-favorite Inbox, it worked to bring the email app’s advanced features to Gmail. Building on the Boomerang-like Inbox Pause idea, Google added a “nudge” feature to Gmail three years ago to remind users about important emails which will are left unnoticed. Google is now bringing that to Messages since not everyone communicates via email during this day and age.

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XDA took apart the 9.5 beta version of the Google Messages Android app and discovered new settings associated with “Nudges.” There are two separate but related settings available during this upcoming feature, one for messages you might get to reply to and one for messages you might want to follow up. In both cases, the suggested messages will appear at the highest of your messages list.

Of course, these suggestions aren’t made just on a whim and utilize Google’s favorite machine learning sauce to work out which messages are important and which aren’t. That, in turn, probably requires allowing Google to require a peek at those messages, which could unsettle some. Fortunately, you do have the choice to show the feature off.

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At the instant, there’s no certainty when this nudging feature will land on Google Messages. It isn’t even available for beta testers, which suggests there’s still an opportunity that Google will pull the plug even before it’s the prospect to roll bent the general public.