Google Messages has started letting some users react with any emoji

Google has started letting some users of its Messages app react to textual content messages with any emoji, as an alternative of limiting them to the usual set of seven which were obtainable within the app for some time now (through 9to5Google). The characteristic is just like what different messaging platforms like Slack, WhatsApp, and paid variations of Telegram have — urgent and holding on a message offers you the usual emoji reactions, however you’ll be able to then entry the picker to react with no matter you need.

The expanded emoji reactions seem like a restricted check at this level — 9to5Google says it is heard two stories of it being rolled out, and whereas one particular person is on The Verge‘s employees has entry to it, two different individuals who checked don’t. Google didn’t instantly reply to The Verge‘s request for touch upon the characteristic.

As with any options which can be added to messaging providers, the additional reactions is usually a bit messy relying on who you are texting, and what communications requirements their cellphone helps. They appear to work fantastic if each events are utilizing RCS, the SMS substitute that Google’s been pushing for. My cellphone does not have entry to the prolonged picker but, however my colleague’s reactions confirmed up accurately once I was utilizing Google’s Messages app.

Other configurations can get messy, although. On the identical cellphone, which clearly helps RCS, Samsung’s Messages app exhibits the response as a separate textual content message, saying “😱 to ‘Can you react to this message?’” The identical’s true when my colleague reacts to a textual content from an iPhone consumer , as these are SMS solely (a lot to Google’s chagrin).

Screenshot of a text message conversation.  One message says “Hi,” and a reply says “face with wide open eyes emoji to 'Hi.'”

That the reactions do not translate to iPhones isn’t surprising. For one, Apple’s Tapback system solely allows you to use a particular set of symbols, so it is unlikely that the corporate’s Messages app has the power so as to add an arbitrary emoji to a message. Even if it did, who is aware of if it will; after years of Apple users’ reactions exhibiting up as separate textual content messages for Android users, it appeared as if the 2 corporations had labored out an answer, with iMessage’s and Google Message’s reactions translating between the 2 platforms. And but, once I examined it immediately with the usual reactions, I used to be again to the identical previous system of getting separate “[emoji] to [message]” texts as an alternative of beautifully-displayed reactions when messaging between an Android cellphone and iPhone.

Regardless of no matter Apple and Google have occurring, I’m completely satisfied to see Google bringing this characteristic to its texting platform, even when it is actually solely elegant whenever you’re doing RCS chats. It’s a characteristic I’ve at all times needed all over the place, and it looks as if Google’s engaged on making that the case, at the very least for the individuals utilizing its app.

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