iMessage Reactions Will No Longer Annoy Android Users Thanks to Emoji Change

Last Friday, code suggested Google would soon roll out an update for Google Messages that would display iMessage Reactions from iPhone users as emoji on Android devices, and now that update has started rolling out.

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Screenshots from 9to5Google reader Jvolkman

According to 9to5Google, some Android users are beginning to see iMessage reactions in Google Messages as emoji that are linked to the relevant conversation.

Google Messages appears to be interpreting iMessage reactions just like reactions sent through the RCS protocol used for Google Messages rather than providing them in a text format.

Prior to the Google Messages update, if an ‌iPhone‌ user added a reaction like a heart or thumbs up to a message in the Messages app, it would look odd on an Android device while showing up appropriately on an ‌iPhone‌. Adding a heart icon to a message showed a little heart on ‌iPhone‌, for example, but on Android, it would show up as [Person] "Loved" and then the text of the original message.

The text-based system could lead to awkwardness, especially with Android users unaware of iMessage reactions. It also cluttered up the chat thread by unnecessarily repeating texts.

As shown in the screenshots above, the reaction messages are linked to the chat bubble, and they also use icons pulled from the RCS system. As 9to5Google points out, the little heart for "loving" an image on ‌iPhone‌ is replaced with a heart eyes emoji on Android, and the laugh iMessage Reaction is translated into a laughing face emoji.

Android devices will also display a "translated from ‌iPhone‌" icon so that Google Messages users understand where the reaction is coming from.

Top Rated Comments

oncoutinho Avatar
11 months ago
Would be nice if iPhone users too could not have to see the "so and so liked [message content]" on non-iMessage threads.
Score: 37 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TinyMito Avatar
11 months ago

Would be nice if iPhone users too could not have to see the "so and so liked [message content]" on non-iMessage threads.
Liked "Would be nice if iPhone users too could not have to see the "so and so liked [message content]" on non-iMessage threads."
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
halfway2anywhere Avatar
11 months ago

Now if only 2 year old Android phones were able to get updates.
With android, you don't need an entire OS update to get the most recent messages app.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
unashamedgeek Avatar
11 months ago
I'd like to see this happen in iMessage when in a group thread of mixed users. It'd be great to not see all the someone liked a comment or photo messages.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
avatar77 Avatar
11 months ago
Great, now it's Apple's turn - add RCS support in Messages. Please for the love of all that is good, do it!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
munpip214 Avatar
11 months ago
Bummer! I love to annoy the green bubble people (all my real friends are blue of course ?)
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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