Android Phones Now Offer Text Message Editing, Just Like the iPhone

But Will Android and iMessage Ever See Eye to Eye?

Most iPhone aficionados are aware that a regrettable text message isn’t set in stone, provided it’s edited within a 15-minute window. Android users can now rejoice as they too have been granted the same privilege to edit messages sent to fellow Android enthusiasts via Google Messages and RCS.

As of today, Google is introducing a plethora of new features to Android, including text message editing, innovative Google Home features, and enhancements for Wear OS.

Much like an iPhone with iMessage, Google Android phones will now allow you to edit a message sent via RCS in Google Messages within a 15-minute window. It’s important to note that RCS support is contingent not only on your phone but also on your wireless carrier offering RCS as part of its text message technology.

Messages sent from an Android phone to an iPhone do not utilize RCS, instead, they employ the older SMS or MMS technology. In addition to the significant improvement to RCS messaging, Google is also introducing new ways to control your Google Home.

There is now a Google Home Favorites widget that can control your favorite smart devices. This new widget will be available to those participating in Google’s Android 15 Public Preview, and the feature should eventually be rolled out to all Android phones.

In addition to the new Google Home Widget, the latest Wear OS smartwatches will also have the ability to control Google Home more easily. Google is adding a Google Home Favorite tile to the Wear OS interface, as well as an option to add a Google Home Favorite complication to your favorite watch face.

These are fantastic additions if you rely on Google Home, as the software has not offered enough shortcuts and quick paths to control the lights, thermostat, and other smart devices in your home. With the new widget and new Wear OS options, Google Home should be much more user-friendly.

If you reside in the US and Germany, Google is introducing new ways to make secure payments using Google Wallet on Wear OS. If you live in these countries and own a Wear OS smartwatch, you’ll be able to use PayPal to make payments through Google Wallet with a simple tap of your wrist.

More Features to Help Google Devices Work Together

Google is also broadening its digital car key capabilities. Digital car keys are coming to Mercedes cars on June 10, then Polestar around June 17, after Mini started offering digital keys through Android earlier this month both in the EU and US.

If you’re an emoji enthusiast, Google is adding more combinations to the popular Emoji Kitchen feature. Just like on an iPhone, you can combine multiple emoji characters to create a scene, and Google says this will work with more sticker combinations now, including the headphones and disco ball. It’s party time, emoji people.

Behind the scenes, Google is adding capabilities to make it easier to share your mobile hotspot between devices on your Google account. If you own an Android tablet or a Chromebook, your phone will now be able to instantly share your hotspot with a single tap.

This sort of feature is already available if you use an iPhone with other Apple gear, or a Samsung Galaxy phone with other Samsung devices. Now it will work across many more Android and Google-enabled products.

The best thing about these features is that they are available now. You can start editing messages that you sent to Android-carrying friends right away. Eventually, this could be added to Apple’s iMessage in some form.

Apple has claimed it would support RCS messaging, on which this new feature relies, but we haven’t seen that materialize. The company announced at the end of last year that RCS would be coming to the iPhone, so it’s only a matter of time before we see how that actually works.

It seems unlikely that Apple would let Android owners edit messages sent to an iMessage account, but we’ll have to see how cooperative Apple decides to be with Google’s new messaging advancements.


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