Apple yesterday unveiled iOS 10 and its new features at its annual WWDC 2016 event. The update will be available for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch, and one of the interesting features include improvements to the iMessage app. Apple has also mentioned that it will be opening iMessage to developers. However, some of these features are already available on competition messaging apps such as Google s upcoming Allo, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and others. Let s take a look at these features. Also Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformationAlso Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
Siri: Apple has also announced that Siri intelligence is coming to QuickType keyboard. It can offer relevant information based on your calendar availability, current location, contact lookup and more. Google s upcoming Allo app will also come integrated with Google Assistant, which can proactively offer suggestions within the app itself. So, if one has to search for nearby restaurants, places or more, Google Assistant can show it right within the app window, without having to exit the app. Also Read - How to download Instagram videos on Android, iOS, PC
Change size of text: iMessage includes new bubble effects that will let users increase the size of text to depict happiness or shrink words to depict a whisper. Google s Allo also includes a similar feature WhisperShout where users can change the size of the text to better express their emotions. When typing a word, there is a slider on the right side and dragging the finger up or down will increase or decrease the size of the text.
Rich link previews: The messaging app will now be able to offer rich link previews, such as the image along with the hyperlink. However, this feature is already available on WhatsApp.
App drawer: GIF s and stickers are one of the best ways to express feelings and iMessage gets an app store and app drawer. Apple is also opening the app to third-party developers which will allow them to create apps that can be used within iMessage. A similar integration is already available on Facebook s Messenger with apps such as Giphy, Bitmoji, GIF Keyboard and more. Stickers support will also be available, which almost every messaging app provides.
End-to-end encryption: To make your conversations more secured, Apple has also added end-to-end encryption to iMessage by default. WhatsApp has also recently enabled end-to-end encryption for its billion users. While Google has also announced that Allo will come optional end-to-end encryption, but it is only for select chats when you go into incognito mode.