Google adds contact photos to conversation threads in Messages


Google has added a contact’s profile photo to the top of a conversation in Messages for Android, following major changes to the “RCS” branding and read receipt icon in recent weeks. Messages has always allowed users to open a Google contact by tapping a person’s name in the app bar — according to 9to5Google, the company is now emphasizing that shortcut by showing their profile pictures.

This is the same image that appears in the main list of conversations when tapping on a location in group conversations opens that details page. The report states that this design is in line with other apps, with Facebook Messenger and Telegram displaying the avatar in the same left position, while iMessage displays it in the center.

In addition, the magnifying glass icon has been removed as part of this change, and “Search” has been added to the overflow menu. In January, Google rolled out end-to-end encryption in group chats for Messages app users enrolled in the beta program.

With this feature, every single text sent by Google using Messages will be encrypted so that they are private and secure and can only be seen by the sender and recipient.

The Google Messages app already includes end-to-end encryption when sending a message to someone who also has RCS (Rich Communication Services) chat features enabled, however, it has not yet been able to encrypt messages between two parties. is limited to and does not have group chats.



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