Google is known for constantly testing new features in all of their apps. One of the apps that has seen a lot of changes recently is Android Messages. Google is reportedly testing Instagram and Snapchat like AR effects for its Messages app. The new feature can be found inside the Messages’ camera right next to the photo and video buttons. As revealed by XDA Developers, the tech giant Google is testing augmented reality (AR) effects within its Android messaging app. While the feature has not been rolled out yet, it is expected that Google might soon announce bringing AR effects to Android.
The clever folks at the XDA have found a total of five effects being testing, consisting of plane, which shows the face of the user peeping out of the window of an animated aeroplane that flies away. The balloon effects shows balloons behind and in front of the user with good accuracy and separation. Next is the fireworks, which as the name suggests, shows fireworks in changing colours. Then comes the confetti effect, which can be used for a celebration and finally an angel filter, that adds a halo on the user’s head and a pair of wings behind the body.
The effects only come into play when you use Messages’ built-in camera function and by tapping on the Effects tab when sending the image via MMS, SMS, or RCS. The effects seem to be quite accurate in that they are placed in front and behind your image on the photo, making it seem that they are almost real.
Overall, it would be a better update to Android messages. While Google has been trying to position an iMessage competitor for Android users, new features like these AR effects could make Android Messages a more appealing alternative to the users than other texting apps. Currently, there is no word on when this new feature will be rolled out to the general public