Google Messages update: Revamped 'Select Recipients' interface enhances sharing experience

Users' full contact list probably serves as “New message” substitute for old pop-up UI
An undated image of a person sending text message. — Unsplash

An undated image of a person sending text message. — Unsplash

Google Messages is set to globally release a revamped design for its sharing user interface (UI). When users select Google Messages from the Android share sheet, they are greeted with a fullscreen "Select recipients" UI.

This updated UI shows five "Recent conversations," each displaying a snippet of the last sent message. Users can click "More recent conversations" to view their entire conversation history. A search button is available in the top-right corner for easy navigation.

The full contact list now acts as a "New message" substitute for the old pop-up UI. Users can select multiple conversations, with chosen profile avatars displayed in the top row.

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After selecting recipients, users can tap the "Next" floating action button (FAB) to proceed and choose to "Share individually." This new interface also appears when forwarding messages or taking a picture from the home screen camera shortcut.

While the new update might seem busier than the previous method, it offers users more details and context. Google Messages has started rolling out the revamped share UI to more users in recent weeks, but it is not yet available globally.