Google messages on your Pixel tablet are unacceptable

Google messages on your Pixel tablet are unacceptable

On the Pixel Tablet, the Google Messages app is installed by default. It’s the same APK as the phones, but launching takes you to the PWA version found at with a QR code to scan using your phone. The company told us this is the expected experience on the Pixel Tablet (and other Wi-Fi tablets).

9to5Google has a newsletter restarted which highlights Google’s biggest stories with added commentary and other tidbits. Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox early, or continue reading Google’s 9to5Logout below:

Once set up, there’s a two-column layout with the conversation list on the left and an open thread on the right. You can send RCS chats, while expressive features include dedicated selectors for emojis, stickers and GIFs. Given the size, the dialing UI is better and less crowded than on phones.

This experience might be fine on the web, but it’s no longer acceptable on Android tablets. Fun fact: if the overflow menu is open, you can’t scroll through the message history until the menu is closed for the first time (with a separate tap). This is just one of many annoyances in addition to general performance and the occasional animation stutter (try closing a thread) that screams non-native.

The incoming message alerts you receive on your tablet don’t have direct or smart notification response options. There’s no Magic Compose within the app, and it’s unclear if that will be possible even once the AI ​​feature comes out of beta. You also can’t react with the full range of emojis, direct reply or timed send.

Meanwhile, on the paired phone, a device pairing notification appears and turns off, seemingly randomly.

In an ideal world, Google would facilitate this QR code pairing process. The WhatsApp experience is quite good in this regard, with its native app optimized for large screen on Android tablets with a navigation rail and quite snappy. It’s really simple to use and on par with iMessage on the iPad.

Honestly, I’d be happy with Google replacing the PWA experience with a native app like Messages on Wear OS even if I had to deal with QR codes. At I/O 2022, Google showed just that, and today you can force this UI on phones by boosting the DPI.

Web usage here is so jarring, especially when compared to other third-party messaging options that took time. PWA reuse is a good fallback and efficient reuse, but it may not be the permanent or intended solution. I think going native is the bare minimum, with Google grappling with this as it continues to push Messages and RCS, as well as build for Pixel Tablets and Android big screens. As it is, this app is nothing more than a home screen shortcut for the web.

From 9to5Google

New Google Weather adds Nowcast, surpasses Dark Sky with 12-hour ML forecast

Motorola Razr+ review: The king of the flip phone reborn

Google Messages checks the prominent badge for RCS conversations

Google Pixel Tablet and Pixel Fold force apps into smaller windows, it’s better this way

Google’s new Pixel ads for Mac and PC claim that the iPhone has stabilized [Video]

Google Assistant finally expands Wear OS 3 support to Fossil smartwatches

Gmail notifications lose the red and stand out less on Android

OSOM launches USB-C privacy cable that protects your phone from juice jacking

Nest Cam offline issue was caused by server update, fix implemented

Google Calendar booking pages come to free accounts, Gmail adds built-in schedule sharing

From the rest of 9to5

9to5Mac: visionOS gives us a closer look at what we will see with Apple Vision Pro [Gallery]

Electrek: Hyundai’s new EV platform signals that an electric truck is coming could it be Kia?

FTC: We use automatic income earning affiliate links. Moreover.

#Google #messages #Pixel #tablet #unacceptable

Previous articleDeals: Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 from $229, Google Nest Cam Outdoor $130 each, plus
Next articleExtraction 2 is the most popular Netflix movie right now. Here’s why you should watch it | Digital Trends


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here