The iMessage-powered Messages app inside iOS 10 will be extremely different from what it is now. That is thanks to a large number of new features that will be granted to it by Apple. However, one major gripe that still remains is the service’s absence from the Android platform.
Many were convinced that Apple will finally bring Messages to Google’s platform, but were disappointed when no such announcement was made during the WWDC keynote. Instead, the company focused on detailing the awesome new traits that will make this app a richer experience than ever before.
Messages now reserves full-screen animations for special occasions. This means, if you type Happy New Year and send it to someone, the entire screen will get fireworks in the background. There’s an invisible ink feature as well, which lets you send imperceptible messages that are only revealed once the recipient swipes over them.
And then there’s support for handwritten notes as well, as you can see in the image above. Emoji have been recognized by Apple as a very important component of Messages, and the firm has hence made them 3 times bigger with this new release. Furthermore, automatic suggestions show you predicted emoji that you can insert with just one tap.
This feature even underlines words in your final message that can be replaced with emoji. You can then tap on those underlined words to turn them into emoji before sending the message. This app will get rich links that will have content like YouTube videos play right within the message bubbles rather than opening in a separate app.
Another substantial addition to the iMessage mix is support for third-party apps. Yes, this service has its very own app store through which developers can provide special experiences for users.
This Messages app is part of the iOS 10 platform which is available to try out for developers right now. A beta of it will be released this July, while the final version will only be out this fall.