TheIt’s not going away anytime soon, but Google is trying to make texting between iPhone and Android phones a little easier. The company announced Thursday that the Google Messages app will soon support iPhone message reactions in text message threads. It’s one of many new features Google is rolling out to the Messages app in the coming weeks as it seeks to make your texting experience more comprehensive, no matter what phone you’re using.
The improved support for feedback, which Apple calls Tapback, is likely to be a big deal for Android owners with friends who use iPhones. iPhone users can press and hold a text block to reply to a text message with an emoji. But if you’re on an Android phone, you’ll currently see a message describing the reaction (“like”, “like” etc.) rather than the emoji itself. This update will change that, so you’ll soon see the emoji’s reaction to the corresponding message.But it will be rolled out more widely as part of the Google Messages update.
“When people with Android phones and iPhones send messages to each other, not everything works as it should,” Google’s Jan Jedrzejowicz, Google’s Group Manager for Messages and Phone, wrote in a Google blog post on Thursday announcing the features.
Google called for more phone makers and carriers to adopt, a newer texting standard that will enable modern messaging features to work across all phones that support them. The company pushed for RCS support back in its Thursday blog post, citing legacy SMS and MMS standards as a main reason why conversations between Android devices and iPhones aren’t as fluid as they should be.
Google’s call for the RCS standard and investment in the Messages app comes after several attempts to develop its own texting app. Previous efforts, includingAnd the , audio, and some duplicates of Google Chat, are either turned off or reused for other purposes. The RCS-based features within the Google Messages app are also called chat. Google has spent the past several years investing in its default messaging app to compete with Apple, which has long offered a unified messaging platform for Apple devices that includes many of the features available in the RCS standard.
But Google is planning more than just supporting iPhone feedback. He also wants to make it easier to send full-quality videos from within the Messages app. You’ll be able to send a Google Photos link to a full-quality video within a chat instead of sharing a zip version of the clip directly via SMS.
Google Photos already makes it easy to share a set of photos or videos, and the new integration should provide faster access from within the Messages app.
Messages also gets some organizational features, which seems to be inspired by Gmail and other email boxes. This includes an organized inbox that can sort messages into the Personal and Business tabs.
The app will also alert you with a reply reminder to help you avoid forgetting a thread of conversation. You’ll also get birthday reminders if your Contacts app includes that date.
And for those times when existing emojis aren’t quite what you need, Emoji Kitchen within Gboard will let you add your own customizations. For example, you can swap out the Heart Eyes emoji face with pretzel eyes or modify a different emoji, such as a food icon, with additional embellishments.
which is currently supported by both Google and It brings encrypted messages, typing indicators, read receipts, high-quality photo sharing, and other features to Android phones. It could eventually replace the old SMS and MMS standards.
Although SMS and MMS functionality is more restricted than RCS, these standards work across all phones, from iPhones to feature phones. Apple is an extreme when it comes to RCS support, focusing on its messaging features for its iMessage platform instead. New Google updates seem to support Google’s plans to make its Messages app a more powerful alternative to Apple’s iMessage while Apple is calling for the adoption of the RCS standard as an alternative to SMS.
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