Google Messages app update brings iMessage reactions

(Pocket-lint) – In its push to make texting conversations feature-rich no matter who you’re messaging with, Google has now started rolling out an update to its Messages app that lets you see the reactions to iMessage/iOS messages.

The feature is rolling out starting today to anyone whose language is set to English, and means that when an iPhone user reacts to a message you’ve sent, you’ll actually see a little emoji rather than text telling you they reacted. .

This should help group messages, including people using both Android and iOS, to be a little more transparent, although it won’t do anything about the green bubbles appearing on the iPhone user’s screen when you send a message.

This is just one of the new features pushed to the Messages app. Another is to share higher quality photos and videos with other users, whether or not they have RCS on their phone (iPhone users).

Rather than sending a huge file via MMS, the updated feature means you send a Google Photos link to an image or video, and that way anyone – whether they have RCS or not – can view in high quality.

Of course, in his announcement of a blog post Among these novelties, Google could not resist but went after Apple, encouraging it to adopt the RCS, so that everyone can chat with each other and react to messages, without the need for all these solutions of additional workarounds that Google has developed.

Other new features include the ability for Messages to automatically sort personal and work contacts into separate tabs, separating conversations with friends from updates such as delivery notifications or automated messages from your doctor, optician. , airline, etc.

Messages also adds automatic reminders for birthday messages.

All of these updates will be rolling out to Messages over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for these changes the next time you chat with your iPhone (or any other friend).

Written by Cam Bunton.

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