Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Android Messages update handles Apple iMessage reactions properly

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -


An update to Google Messages on Android allows it to properly display emoji reactions sent from the iPhone’s Messages app, 9to5Google reports.

The update addresses a long-standing issue that occurs when users of Apple’s iMessage service chat with friends using the Messages app on Android. Previously, when an iPhone user reacted to an Android user’s message using an emoji, it appeared as a separate text message when received on Android, often resulting in confusion and lots of unnecessary clutter.

The old method generated a separate message for each reaction.
Screenshot: Google Messages

The new approach is much cleaner.
Screenshot: 9to5Google

After the update, however, the message flow is a lot simpler. Screenshots posted by 9to5Google show how the emoji reactions appear attached to the intended text, as though they were sent by another Google Messages user. Tapping on an emoji reaction displays a popup saying that it’s been “Translated from iPhone.”

Interestingly, emoji reactions sent from iPhone seem to sometimes appear as different emoji on Android. The heart emoji, for example, reportedly appears as heart-eyes on Android. iPhone users can also retroactively change their emoji reaction, and the change will be reflected seamlessly in the Android app.

The feature doesn’t appear to have widely rolled out just yet, even for users with the latest beta version of the Google Messages app — we tried but were unable to force the emoji reactions to display in our own tests. But when it arrives, it should remove a small point of friction in iPhone to Android communications, even if it’s still a far cry from offering iMessage natively on Android.



Source link

- Advertisement -

More from the blog

Google announces grab bag of new Android features for the end of 2021

Google has a bevy of new features coming quickly to Android, together with new widgets for YouTube Music, Google Play Books,...

Match Group will pay Tinder’s co-founders $441 million over valuation lawsuit

Match Group will pay Tinder’s co-founders and authentic staff $441 million to settle a years-long lawsuit over allegations that Match Group...

Amazon acknowledges its Appstore is breaking on Android 12

Shortly after (*12*)Google rolled out the Android 12 replace in October, customers began noticing that they’re unable to make use of...

The Apple Watch Series 6 is still available for $100 off at Best Buy

Cyber Monday could also be over, however Cyber Week continues. If at any level this previous weekend you missed out on...