Android Feature Drop Lets you Edit RCS Messages After They’re Sent

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  • Google has released an Android feature drop that allows editing sent RCS messages.
  • It also adds a long-awaited Google Home widget on phones and smartwatches.
  • Other upgrades include video call device switching and expanded digital car key support.

Google has released an Android feature drop for May that adds a few heavily-requested features, including the ability to edit sent RCS messages.

If you use Google Messages, you can edit what you’ve sent for up to 15 minutes after the fact. This won’t help with SMS texts, but should be useful if you catch a typo or want to rephrase what you said.

The feature drop also makes it considerably easier to control smart home devices. You can now add a Google Home Favorites widget to your Android phone’s home screen, or a matching tile and complication to a Wear OS smartwatch. You can quickly turn on the lights or cool down the house without having to jump into the Home app.

Other upgrades are similarly practical.  Google will “soon” enable instant hotspots that use your phone to connect Android tablets and Chromebooks without having to a password. You’ll also get to switch a Google Meet video call between web browsers and Android devices.

Google Wallet on Wear OS watches now lets you tap to pay using PayPal in Germany and the US. And if you want to use your phone to access your vehicle, digital car key supports some Mini models now and will work with certain Mercedes and Polestar cars in the near future.

The option to edit messages isn’t a novel concept. It’s been available through Apple’s iMessage and other services for a while. However, it should prove important as RCS adoption grows — particularly with Apple embracing the core standard in iOS 18 later this year.