Google Voice has rolled out a novel functionality similar to its “suspected spam caller alerts,” designed specifically for SMS messages. For both Android and iOS, a new alert system is in place. When users receive spam messages, a red exclamation mark will pop up in place of the profile avatar. Additionally, the message preview will include the label “Suspected spam” in a matching color, making it effortless to spot these messages.
Stay Ahead of the Text Spam Game with Google Voice’s Latest Update on Android and iOS
In a recent blog post, Google announced, “If you’re already using Google Voice, you’re likely acquainted with our suspected spam caller alerts. We’re now expanding this feature to cover SMS messages on both Android and iOS devices.”
Upon encountering these labels in their messages, users have two options. They can either “confirm a suspected spam message,” which will subsequently relegate future messages from that particular number directly to the spam folder. Alternatively, they can “mark a labeled message as not spam,” ensuring that the suspected spam label will no longer appear for messages from that specific number.
These spam text safeguards are being extended to both free accounts and the paid Google Voice tiers, including Starter, Standard, and Premier. The rollout of this feature is now underway, and it is anticipated that it will be widely accessible soon.
Another noteworthy addition that’s currently rolling out involves the incorporation of birthday decorations, such as confetti and multi-colored balloons, on people/contact cards throughout Google Workspace products. Google stated, “This small change can have a significant impact on fostering stronger connections with your stakeholders and colleagues.”
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In the meantime, Google has commenced the rollout of an AI-driven “Proofread” feature within Gboard, initially catering to beta users.
The “Proofread” option is now visible in the keyboard’s toolbar with Gboard version 13.4, which is presently available on Android devices in the beta version. This feature enables users to instantly have their text reviewed for grammar and spelling mistakes, leveraging generative AI, according to reports from 9to5Google.
Google Voice’s introduction of spam detection for SMS messages on Android and iOS devices represents a significant step in enhancing user experience and security. This update empowers users to manage and identify suspected spam messages with ease, contributing to a safer and more efficient communication environment.