Notification badges, or dots, have long been a feature on Android home-screens, It makes it easy for you to see which apps have new information for you to engage with. Certainly , most operating systems have some version of this, most times with unread counts comes in, as is the case with iOS.
How to highlight unread chats.
A new test found as part of Google Messages seems to show that the Award winning company is looking to add a particular unread dot inside the app to better highlight chats that demand your attention.
A Man known as Nick Cipriani has encountered these new dots in two separate versions of Google Messages, the first appeared a lot bolder (at least in dark mode), with a more saturated blue color. In the most recent beta version — 10.6.240 (10.6.240_RC00.phone.openbeta_dynamic) — this dot has been changed with a higher pastely shade of blue, but it still shows up in the same place, to the right , time , date timestamp of each unread chat in the Messages inbox.
It seems to be a server-side change rolling out to a very limited number of people, since I can’t get it to show up on any available devices. If you want to check for yourself, download the latest beta from APK Mirror, from play store or App Store.
Until now, Google has chosen to show unread messages purely with bold text, just as it does with unopened Gmail threads. Dots or badges are common in lots of other messaging apps, though, including WhatsApp and Apple Mail, plus tons of other email clients, so it’s not exactly an original feature that Google is toying with here.
Whether or not we’ll see this roll out more widely is anybody’s guess, since Google tests lots of different UI changes with varying rates of success. I’m not sure whether this is really super important , but if you use Messages more often, you may be happy to see a more easily glanceable indicator next to the unread chats you’ve been neglecting to open, let alone reply to.