Google Messages Gets Text Message Reactions, Just as Boring as iMessage

Google Messages Gets Text Message Reactions, Just as Boring as iMessage

A day after it appeared that Apple takes credit for Google adding iMessage reactions to Android, the Messages app is starting to roll out the ability to leave reactions on text messages, which is already possible with RCS.

Mid-2020, Google has rolled out the ability to send iMessage-like reactions on RCS. When you receive an RCS chat, holding it down lets you leave one of seven emojis, including thumbs up/down and a range of facial expressions.

We have now received two reports of Google Messages users being able to respond to text messages. As with RCS, you only need to tap to get all seven reactions, which are unchanged. If the SMS recipient uses Messages, the reaction simply appears in the lower right corner.

For recipients who don’t use the Google Messages app, don’t have RCS chat enabled, or on iOS, the fallback is a text message with the sender’s emoji followed by the reaction in quotes.

L : Messages application leaving a reaction on SMS | A: SMS reactions from Android to iPhone (1st, 3rd and 4th lines)

Google’s fallback design is nicer and more visually distinctive than the iPhone equivalent, which just sends a text description instead of an emoji.

This is undoubtedly a feature that helps Messages users to be more expressive. That said, it can get annoying over time, as Android users conversing with iPhone owners can attest.

Meanwhile, Google Messages works – just like us activated earlier this month – on the possibility of reacting to an RCS chat with any emoji. These two things could be related.

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