Google’s Messages app will let you watch YouTube videos from your texts

The Google Messages app gets YouTube previews from the app.


Google Messages will soon make it easier for you when someone texts you a video. An upcoming change will allow you to watch YouTube videos within the app.

During Wednesdays Samsung unboxed event, Google announced that YouTube links will soon be available to quickly preview your conversations. You will be able to fully launch the videos with an extra tap.

While this is a handy feature to have, it’s also one that already exists on Apple’s Messages app. This update will bring texting on an Android phone closer to the experience of texting on an iPhone.

Google has also worked on supporting Message reactionswhich would replace separate text messages that are sent when an iPhone user reacts to text with a “like”, “like”, or “highlight” emoji.

Group YouTube watching on Android was also announced on Wednesday, which will allow people on a Duo video call to share, play and pause YouTube videos during a conversation.

The announcements arrived at the same time as the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Ultra and S8 tab.

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Shirley K. Rosa