Here’s What Google Posts Look Like With A Samsung OneUI Overhaul
Google Messages is getting a Samsung OneUI-based redesign on select devices This is thanks to a recently announced partnership that brought the old app by default on the Galaxy S21 series. Now at least one XDA Developers contributor has stepped forward to show what it might look like in action.
As Tushar Mehta shows, and in the image below, the newly reworked app looks quite at home on his Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. This is the Exynos variant of the handset, for clarity. And it may take a while for it to appear in every region on every variant.
What does this Samsung OneUI overhaul of Google Messages look like?
As you might expect, Google Messages, on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in question, integrates seamlessly with all of the other Samsung apps in stock.
This is because it removes the full screen user interface that is usually found on the world class text and the RCS messaging application. Instead, in the screenshots, only the bottom two-thirds of the screen show the list of previously sent or received messages. These are always displayed in a list format. But the top segment of the screen now just shows the app title “Messages” and below it the number of unread messages.
The interactive parts of the app, namely the message search and the three-dot overflow menu, are just above the center. This means that, like other OneUI apps, they are right at your fingertips. Make it more convenient than ever to use the app with one hand. And that’s a good thing since Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra is 6.8 inches diagonally.
Other segments of the app, such as the in-message user interface, have not been shown at the time of writing. But, presumably, these have not been changed too much. Especially since the majority of interactive elements that are hosted there are already at the bottom or near the user interface.
When will your Galaxy see this change?
For the time being, Samsung and Google has not specified exactly when users will see the new Samsung OneUI redesign of the Google Messages app on their Galaxy phones. The XDA member in question noted that his Samsung phone is running the latest firmware with Google Messages version 7.9.051. But others have seen the updated UI in other versions of the app. So it’s likely that this is a server-side change rather than one that needs updating.
It’s also not clear whether the Exynos variant of the phone is needed or what other factors are at play. But, at the very least, that means more users should start seeing this on more devices in one. near future.