We all secretly dreamed about it, it’s now done. The latest version of Google Messages now supports iMessage reactions. These are now displayed under the message as on iPhone. This new feature is being rolled out to Android messaging.
iMessage reactions as emojis
Google Messages has supported iMessage reactions for several years. But to believe the many Android smartphone owners, the system suffered from several shortcomings, particularly in terms of the display.
Previously, when an Android user chatted with an iPhone owner, he received his reactions to his SMS in the form of a separate text message, whereas on Apple phones the latter are displayed directly with a small icon under the message concerned. .
That doesn’t seem very clear to you? Imagine for example that you give an appointment to a person for the next day at 10 a.m. via SMS. Well, most iPhone users answered those requests directly in iMessage via a thumbs up.
Problem, Google Messages did not know how to correctly transcribe this reaction. So instead of displaying the thumbs up, the Android user saw a message appear indicating that his correspondent liked his SMS. Of course, this type of response sometimes caused some confusion. It was particularly difficult to follow a conversation.
Since the last Google Messages update, things are back to normal. The American giant has improved the interface of its messaging application. iOS reactions now appear as an emoji directly below the message. It is clearer and more easily visible. For those who want more here is one application to use iMessage on an Android phone.
What is an iMessage reaction
An emoji is worth a thousand words. Aware of this, Apple has been offering users of its smartphones for several months to react to the messages they receive via an emoji. To use this feature, just tap once on the message of your choice to bring up a sub-menu containing a few colored icons.
The emoji is then displayed in a small bubble under the message concerned. The feature quickly won the hearts of iPhone owners. It must be said that it is particularly practical on a daily basis.
If, for example, your partner asks you to buy bread when you get home from work. Rather than writing Ok, just send him a thumbs up as a sign of approval. It’s much faster and just as effective.
Unfortunately, the incompatibility between iMessage and RCS (Rich Communication Services) of Google Messages sometimes caused communication problems. Android users sometimes felt excluded from chat groups.
The new Google Messages update makes it much easier to view iMessage reactions. The messaging application is now able to decode it and transcribe it as an emoji. You will finally be able to comfortably view your conversations and take full advantage of your exchanges with your friends who have an iPhone.