Google on Wednesday introduced a new native feature to Google Messenger that acts a bit like quick replies in iOS 8. Users will be able to respond directly to a Google Messenger message alert without first opening the application. That makes it much easier to send off a quick “OK” or “See you there,” while you’re on the go, and when you don’t have time to dig into the app. And it’s faster than carrier pigeon.
When a notification pops up, you’ll see a small section to reply, as the screens from Droid-Life above show. Doing so will bring up an empty text box and your keyboard, with which you can type out your message. Google also adds the option to “Open Messenger” in case you don’t want to use Quick Reply. We haven’t tested this feature out on Android yet, but it looks almost identical to the same functions in iOS, which are really useful when you’re busy doing something else, like surfing the Web.
You should see the update for Google Messenger on your phone now, or you can hit the source where Droid-Life has provided a direct link to the APK file.