Google Messages is testing out a new feature called “Profile Discovery” that will give users more control over their visibility in the messaging app. With Profile Discovery, you can choose whether or not your name and picture are visible to others who find you through email or phone number in Google products.
Currently, the feature is still in the beta phase, so only a select few users have access to it. However, it is expected to be rolled out to more users in the near future. The Profile Discovery feature will allow you to make your profile visible across Google products, making it easier for others to recognize you. You’ll have the option to upload a profile photo and customize your name, with different options such as displaying your full name, just your first name, or just your initials.
In addition to Profile Discovery, Google Messages is also testing new wallpaper and color options, which could give users more control over the appearance of their chats. This feature will allow users to customize the look and feel of their messages to match their personal style.
It is important to note that Profile Discovery is optional, so users have the choice to turn it on or off. If enabled, your name and picture may appear for users who find you through your email or phone number across different Google services. While it is not yet clear which other Google products will use Profile Discovery, it is expected to be a useful feature for users who want to customize their online presence.
The rollout of Profile Discovery comes after previous hints of the feature were discovered by eagle-eyed Redditors in Android settings back in January. More recently, additional details about the feature surfaced in a deep dive into the app’s APK.
Overall, the new Profile Discovery feature and customizable chat options in Google Messages are expected to provide users with more control over their online presence and personalization of their messaging experience. Keep an eye out for these new features as they become more widely available to users in the coming months.