Google is reportedly taking mercy on Android users who regularly chat with iPhone owners by having its Messages app “translate” the iMessage-exclusive reactions to basic emoji.
Apple lets iMessage users respond to incoming messages with various “reactions” by long-pressing on the message and then selecting from a few predetermined symbols such as a heart, thumbs up, or the like. But these reactions aren’t shown to Android users; instead they’re sent a plain text description of the response along with the message being reacted to.
9to5Google reports that Google is changing that with a new version of Google Messages. Now the app will automatically take an iMessage reaction and convert it to an emoji that’s displayed right next to the relevant message along with a note that it was “Translated from iPhone.” It can automatically update the displayed emoji if the iMessage user sends a new reaction, too.
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Google previously updated Messages to include reactions, but only if everyone involved had Chat features enabled. (Though it was considering fallback descriptions for iPhone users.) That addition helped clean up message threads; now cross-platform threads will be similarly tidy. Assuming, of course, that this feature makes it out of this beta version of Messages.
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