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After introducing in 2022, Google Messages for Android has removed a “Nudges” capability that provided reply and birthday reminders.

The first Nudge served as “reply reminders to follow up after a certain time to a message you sent or received.” The concept was first introduced in 2018 for Gmail (where it remains available). Google Messages would:

  • “Prompt you to reply to messages you haven’t yet replied to”
  • “Show outgoing messages that you haven’t followed up on”

Machine learning models were leveraged to determine whether a follow-up was needed, with conversations moved to the top of your home screen list for prominence.

The second suggestion type would remind you about birthdays if that date is stored in your phone’s contacts app. This occurs on-device with birthdays “not uploaded to Google servers,” though that’s a moot point depending on the app you use.

As of the latest Google Messages beta (version 20240429_01_RC00) and stable, Nudges no longer appear in Settings > Suggestions, which is now just home to Smart Reply, Suggestions (Attach recent photos, Create event, Start…


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