Google Messages will soon have Gmail-like "nudges" feature to remind you of important messages

Google Messages will soon have Gmail-like “nudges” feature to remind you of important messages

We all have been there: forgot to reply to important messages that come in. If you are like me, you also have these important messages just sitting in your Inbox for days too.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a feature that would remind you that you still have messages you need to reply to?

Well, today’s your lucky day.

Google Messages will soon have a “nudges” feature that is very similar to Gmail. Now, there is no forgetting important messages anymore.

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Gmail-like “nudges” feature on Google Messages

Gmail-like "nudges" feature on Google Messages
Gmail-like “nudges” feature on Google Messages

It is not all the time that when we receive a text message we reply to it right away. Sometimes, we just read it, tuck it away, and forgot that we even received it in the first place.

And it’s almost always we didn’t notice that it has just been lying in our Inbox for many days now.

The bad thing is when it’s too important, the sender might get upset with you.

In a recent APK teardown from XDA Developers, it looks like Google Messages will soon have a very useful feature similar to Gmail’s “nudges.”

In the new Google Message app version 9.5 beta rollout, code within suggests that it includes new strings for the new “nudges” feature that the company plans to add to its messaging app.

Related: Google starts rolling out end-to-end encryption support in Messages beta

The APK has been decompiled and found the following strings that plainly describe how the feature will work.

<string name="nudge_continuation_enabled_pref_key">nudge_continuation_enabled</string>
<string name="nudge_continuation_enabled_pref_summary">Messages you might need to follow up on will appear at the top of your inbox</string>
<string name="nudge_continuation_enabled_pref_title">Suggest messages to follow up on</string>
<string name="nudge_learn_more_info_text">%1$s about nudges</string>
<string name="nudge_learn_more_pref_key">nudge_learn_more</string>
<string name="nudge_reply_enabled_pref_key">nudge_reply_enabled</string>
<string name="nudge_reply_enabled_pref_summary">Messages you might have forgotten to respond to will appear at the top of your inbox</string>
<string name="nudge_reply_enabled_pref_title">Suggest messages to reply to</string>
<string name="nudge_settings_page_title">Nudges</string>
<string name="nudge_settings_parent_pref">nudge_settings_parent</string>

What does this feature do? It would move conversations that Google thinks you have forgotten up to the top of the conversation list.

Once users enable “Nudges,” Google Message will automatically show “messages you might have forgotten to respond to” at the top of the inbox for your attention.

Likewise, the app will also bring your attention to ”messages you might need to follow up on.”

As you can see, the image below will show what the settings page will look like for “Nudges” on its release:

Settings page for "Nudges" feature on Google Messages
Settings page for “Nudges” feature on Google Messages

Currently, the Messages app lets you manually set a reminder to respond to a text message that you think is important.

However, isn’t it nicer if there would be an automated reminder for that as well?

Also read: How to schedule text messages on Google Messages App (2021)?

If you are the kind of person who is always preoccupied and tends to forget to reply to a text message, then, this is the feature you didn’t think you need. Thankfully, the “nudges” feature is the answer to our prayers.

Mind you, the “nudges” feature has not yet rolled out to users just yet. Additionally, we do not have when Google will make the feature available to the public yet.

And if you want to get the first dibs on the feature when it comes available, join the beta program for the Messages app.

Finally, when the feature will eventually be available to everyone, there will surely be no messages get left behind on your Inbox.

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