The Google Messages app started testing the ability to reply to messages sent from iPhones in September.
Google Messages users may soon receive support for WhatsApp-style emoji comments that will allow users to reply to messages with any emoji. According to a report from 9To5Google, the company has rolled out full emoji reactions for a few users. Until now, users could only reply to messages with just seven emojis. But a few users can now use more emojis with a long press on an RCS (Rich Communications Services) chat.
As of now, only 7 emojis are available for message reactions: thumbs up/down, smiling face with heart eyes, face with tears of joy, face with open mouth, crying face and angry face. In addition, recently used responses will appear in the top row, but it’s still unclear whether they will eventually replace the seven defaults, the report said.
Earlier this month, the tech giant had begun testing a newly designed gallery-centric “photo picker” in its messaging platform. The redesigned photo selector allows users to see about 22 images by swiping left and it also provides a shortcut to quickly open the camera.
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The Google Messages app started testing the ability to reply to messages sent from iPhones in September. When an Android user replies to a text message from an iPhone user, they see a message that an emoji was used to reply to a message.
Replying to messages with an emoji is nothing new. Plenty of cross-platform messaging apps, including WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, Skype, Teams, and Instagram all support responding with an emoji.
(with input from IANS)