In the not too distant future, Google Messages will become a little more adaptable, letting you decide what occurs when you swipe a chat to the left or right.

Regarding APK Insight: We’ve decompiled the most recent version of an app that Google put on the Play Store in our APK Insight post. When we decompile these files—known as APKs for Android apps—we can find numerous lines of code that allude to potential future features. Remember that Google might or might not ever deploy these features, and our understanding of what they are might be limited. However, we’ll try to give those that are nearly finished a chance to demonstrate how they’ll seem if they do ship. Read on with that in mind.

An aspect of Material Design apps that has somewhat lost favor since the introduction of gesture navigation to Android was added to Google Messages during a minor refresh earlier this year. Right now, confusingly, swiping from the left edge of the screen can accomplish one of three things:

Execute the Android Back gesture. Open the navigation drawer by sliding it open. Depending on how long you held down the tap before swiping and exactly where you started the tap/swipe, one of these two outcomes may occur. Google Messages will soon allow users to choose what occurs when you swipe a chat away to the left or right in order to help make things a little bit simpler and give the app a little more customization.

Swipe Actions, a new area of the Google Messages in-app settings that we’ve forcibly activated to show you here, will house the functionality when it becomes available.

Google Messages Customize "Swipe Actions"
Google Messages menu for customizing "Swipe Actions"
Google Messages dialog to change "Swipe right" action to "Archive" "Delete" or "Off"
Google Messages "Swipe actions" menu with "Swipe right" set to Delete and "Swipe left" set to Off

You can now independently personalize what occurs when you swipe a chat left or right in Google Messages, choosing to either delete it or archive it. Additionally, you may completely turn off each direction’s swipe gesture, which should resolve the conflict with Android’s back gesture and the navigation menu.

Nevertheless, based on our testing, the chosen adjustments don’t appear to be taking effect just yet. Instead, it appears that this is merely an interface demonstration at this time. Therefore, it will probably take a few more weeks or months before Swipe action customisation is available to everyone who uses Google Messages.

Dylan Roussel helped to write this article.
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