Samsung is deploying the Google Messages app instead of Samsung Messages on the Galaxy S21. This decision is related to Samsung’s willingness to help Google deploy RCS enriched SMS technology. The problem is that the design of OneUI, the Samsung overlay, has a lot of personality and that the normal design of Google Messages was too uncanny in the OneUI interface.
Google has therefore decided to implement the design language of Samsung smartphones in a special version of its messaging application. The changes are subtle, but immediately identifiable by the regulars of the brand’s smartphones. A fairly large header with the word “Messages” is present above the search field, with a bonus count of unread messages.
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This section does not normally exist in the classic version of Google Messages. Its interest is to bring the list of messages closer to your thumb to simplify navigation, especially on large formats. There are other less noticeable additions. For example, the text accent color in the dark mode is a bright white, while the color is rather gray on the standard version.
This is the first time we’ve seen Google adapt to an overlay of a competing manufacturer. Our colleagues from 9to5Google claim in any case that it is also possible to use this application on Pixel smartphones, and even apparently other smartphone models like the Huawei P30 Pro, however sometimes with some additional manipulations.
The application is in the form of an APKS file and you will need a special application like Split APKs Installer to install it. Of course, this keeps a limited interest, and it is likely that Google will block the application on other smartphone models in a future update.