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The overlay tech used by Messenger is like Marmite for Android fans – people tend to either love or hate it. Google implementing it for Messages at this stage seems a bit of a futile gesture to us given Google’s graveyard of messaging platforms.

Allo, Hangouts and Google+ are all defunct now, and were once possible genuine Android alternatives to Apple’s iMessage. Despite the recent introduction of RCS in some countries that lets Messages display media better and shows typing indicators, it’s not as unified a messaging service as Android fans have been hoping for.

Chat bubbles are a nice to have option and it looks like they’re coming, but it will hardly save Google’s mobile messaging mess.