Get a little control over your swipes
Today, life on Android is all about convenience and familiarity. Tech giants like Google are trying (or so we like to think) to make sure all their apps look cohesive and work equally. That’s probably why Google is finally bringing the old customizable swipe actions of the Gmail app to the latest Messages beta.
You have several different options with Gmail, and you can swipe to remind emails, mark them as read or unread, archive them, or save them when you swipe left or right. (Personally, I’m a fan of delete from left and right-for-mark-as-read). Currently, the static build of Messages only stores a message, whether you swipe left or right on it.
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But now that’s changing, at least for beta testers, and the latest Messages build has started giving users the option to configure different behavior for Swype (via 9to5Google). Both left and right swipes are customizable, but you can only choose between two actions — deleting a thread or archiving it — as well as doing nothing. Although it was inaccessible at the time, we first saw evidence of this feature in development in June, and can now see it in action.
Given how ubiquitous swiping has become to take action across many different apps, it takes Google a while to invest in making sure what we find in Messages is as useful as possible. As we mentioned, if you don’t want to deal with it at all (and inadvertently swipe an important conversation into oblivion), the Messages beta allows you to disable actions altogether.
Hopefully it won’t take long for this new option to arrive on the stable channel. If you don’t want to feel lonely, join the Messages beta with a few clicks and start swiping up a storm.