Google has rolled out a new update for its default SMS client on Android, Google Messages. The update finally adds the ability to categorise messages and the app will use machine learning to sort your SMS text into personal transactions, OTPs, offers and standard personal messages. This means that all transaction messages will automatically be filtered into a separate tab while personal conversations stay highlighted on your inbox for your attention. Google will also divide conversations from saved and unsaved numbers.
In a blog post talking about the new features, Google mentioned it has also expanded spam protection to help reduce the amount of clutter in your inbox. The app will also delete all OTPs in 24 hours from when you first receive them. Google will show a suggestion prompt to enable this feature and the user will have to opt in.
This update has been focussed specifically for India and the blog post states that, "We’ve heard from many users in India that they receive a lot of different types of messages, from friends and family and businesses sending promotions, receipts, order confirmations and more. With so many incoming texts vying for your attention, it can be difficult to separate the important ones from everything else."