Google messages app is now getting a couple of new features in India. The features aim at ease of use for the application. The first feature enables auto-deletion of OTPs after some time while the second feature categorises messages into different categories.
The categories feature uses machine learning technology to automatically sort your messages into categories. The categories include personal, transactions, OTPs, and offers, to help you easily find the messages. That means bank transactions and bills will be filtered into the transactions tab. And conversations with saved numbers can be easily located in the personal tab.
This process takes place offline on your device itself. It means no data is stored anywhere online or on Google’s servers.
To keep a clutter-free experience at the core of the Google messages app, it is also getting the ability to auto-delete OTPs. The OTPs in the messages expire after some time, meaning the message remains of no use.
Google will now identify these messages and will delete them after 24 hours automatically, so you don’t have to take the manual way. To enable the feature, just tap continue when you see the suggestion prompt to confirm your selection.
Google plans to start to roll these features out over the coming weeks. It will be available in English on Android phones in India, running Android 8 and newer. These features are optional and can be managed in settings.
In related news to Google, the company recently released the Android 12 Beta 2.1 for its Pixel devices. The update brings a bunch of improvements and makes Android 12 more stable. In addition, beta 2.1 fixes an issue that prevented users from accessing things on the lock screen. For example, swiping down for the notification shade, swiping away notifications, or swiping up to unlock the phone.
An issue that caused information such as weather and calendar events to not appear in the At a Glance widget on the home screen or lock screen has also been fixed in the version.