Google Tests Floating Conversation ‘Bubbles’ in Messages

Google has been encouraging developers to implement the new API, it can be speculated that the feature is being prepared for an official Android 11 OS release

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Google Messages has begun testing floating conversations using Android 10 OS “bubble” functionality.

“…Google was testing the new bubble functionality in its Messages app, and they have now managed to enable it. Implemented in the app, it works very similarly to Facebook Chat heads, and if eventually enabled by Google, will let you view entire conversations in addition to replying,” Android Police reported on Saturday.

Essentially, the feature works similarly like Facebook Messenger’s chat heads, bringing up a floating bubble for ongoing conversations.

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While the feature didn’t make it to the stable release of Android 10, the bubble notification system is expected to completely replace the overlay API in a future release of Android, according to XDA Developers.

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It is pertinent to note that this is just an internal test by the tech giant and there is no clarity on when the feature will be released officially for users.

Google has been encouraging developers to implement the new API, it can be speculated that the feature is being prepared for an official Android 11 OS release. (IANS)