Google to highlight unread messages with a blue dot

Google Messages is testing a new way to highlight unread messages.

It will display a blue dot to the right of an unread message’s timestamp.

Google Messages is trying out a new method of highlighting unread messages. It will show a blue dot to the right of the timestamp of an unread message. A tipster found the change in the app’s most recent beta version, v10.6.240. In the Android and iOS versions of Gmail, unread messages are frequently represented by similar dots or notification badges. The feature is intended to focus the user’s attention to unread messages. As of now, Google Messages displays unread messages in bold text, which users may overlook.

According to Android Police, the blue dot will look like a notification badge and will display to the right of a message. The use of dots to represent unread messages is not totally new, since it is used by a number of apps, including WhatsApp. It also allows users to mark a message as unread so that they are reminded to read it again.

Earlier, it was claimed that Google Messages was testing the nudges feature, which was launched for Gmail in 2018. The nudges feature prompts users to respond to emails that it considers essential. New strings found in the latest Google Messages beta version indicate that the app would soon highlight “messages you might have forgotten to answer to” at the top of the inbox. It will also display “messages that you may need to follow up on.” Google also included new features to its messaging service, like as automatic OTP removal and message sorting. Google Messages users may have their one-time passwords (OTPs) automatically deleted 24 hours after they get them.

Meanwhile, the Gmail app for iOS will get a new widget with the same functionality as the Android app. Google released an image of the inbox, which includes the sender and topic of three recent emails. The new widget, according to Google, would display the senders and subjects of the user’s most recent emails on the user’s home screen. Google said the new widget will be available in the coming weeks.

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