Google Messages shows emoji reactions from iPhone users on Android

Googles Messages, the messaging service by Google which now goes through the RCS, will soon have a big update. Presented by the Mountain View company in a video, it will change a lot of things for users.

Google Messages is the “basic” Android application for exchanging messages (formerly SMS). But services of this type have evolved and Google is adapting with this update. It brings a lot of new features, including one that has been requested for a long time: the possibility of finally seeing the reaction emojis of iMessages users.

After months of beta testing, Google is now able to display these iMessage reactions in its app, where only text appeared before. If an iPhone user gives your last text a thumbs up, you’ll see it. It doesn’t sound like much, but it was a challenge for Google, given that Apple doesn’t yet use the RCS standard. Moreover, the Mountain View firm sent a barely veiled message to the person concerned, urging him to take the plunge.

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This update adds a lot of things, such as the possibility of classifying messages according to their type: is it a family conversation? Work-related? Something else? You can sort. The app will also notify you if a contact has a birthday today, so you can wish them well. Emoji combinations will also be included, as is already done on other services like Messengers. Enough to find the perfect emoji adapted to the situation.

This Update is only available in India at first, then it will be the turn of the United States. The rest of the world will follow. In Europe, we can hope to have it in the next few days, at worst in the next few weeks.

An important update in the history of the service, which definitely passes a course, emancipating itself from its heritage as an “application for SMS”.

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Feel the love (and laughter, confusion or excitement) from your iPhone friends, too. Reactions from iPhone users are now displayed on your Android phone as emojis, just like when you’re messaging with someone who’s using an Android device. Starting on devices set to English, with additional languages to follow.


Today, the RCS standard lets people with Android devices share beautiful, high-quality photos and videos with one another. But unfortunately, without RCS, they look blurry when you share them with your iPhone friends. Now everyone can watch your videos in the same resolution that you do since we’re bringing Google Photos into Messages. You can send your videos as Google Photos links right inside the conversation, preserving their clarity. Coming soon, you’ll be able to send your photos this way, too.

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