Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Apple beefs up Messages with a slew of new features

The app is shaping up to be a strong alternative to Facebook Messenger.
728 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Apple announced at its WWDC keynote today that it is drastically changing the way its Messages app operates. Don't worry -- that's a good thing. Users will now be able to add a bunch more context to their conversations beyond colorful language.

Gallery: Apple Messages | 11 Photos

You can add photos and live video feeds to the transcript or drop in rich links. And lo, the emojis. They now appear three times larger than before, so you don't have to squint at the screen. Apple is also integrating an emoji search engine directly into Messages' keyboard, similar to Google's gBoard. What's more, the keyboard will also automatically notice and highlight "emojiable" words so you simply tap on the word to replace it with an emoji. Hopefully, there's a reversible process for parents so they can have some idea of what their kids are typing at them.

Additionally, you'll be able to activate scalable "bubble effects" that adjust the font size of your text, simulating whispers and shouts. Plus, you can add your own handwriting as well as small special effects -- think fireworks or strobe lights -- to individual texts that briefly take over the screen. Because that won't get irritating after the first dozen times.

And, like Facebook's Messenger app, Apple's Messages now allows you to overlay images with text. The difference is that Apple allows you to add actual handwriting rather than fonted text, similar to what Snapchat does. You can expect more features and functionality in the coming months as Apple opens up the Messages platform to developers.

Get all the latest news from WWDC 2016 here!

In this article: apple, apps, emoji, gear, messages, services, wwdc2016
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
728 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

LG's 2020 Gram laptops add 10th-gen Ice Lake CPUs

LG's 2020 Gram laptops add 10th-gen Ice Lake CPUs

View
Yubico's authenticator app now supports NFC for iOS devices

Yubico's authenticator app now supports NFC for iOS devices

View
$35 off coupon makes Google's Titan security keys almost free

$35 off coupon makes Google's Titan security keys almost free

View
Logitech made a $200 webcam for Apple's $5,000 pro display

Logitech made a $200 webcam for Apple's $5,000 pro display

View
Co-operative horror shooter ‘GTFO’ hits Steam Early Access

Co-operative horror shooter ‘GTFO’ hits Steam Early Access

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr