Google Messages will finally let you react to text messages on iPhone with emoji — but there’s a catch
On Thursday, Google announced updates to its Messages app to make it easier for Android users to interact with their messages and modernize their messaging experience. Updates include automatic suggestions to help keep your texts and meetings on track, as well as updates to the actual user interface.
The voice message transcription feature, which gives users the option to read a message instead of listening to it, is now available on the Pixel 6 family as well as on Samsung Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Fold 4.
Another set of changes affects the way users can respond to messages. You can now reply to individual messages in a conversation when RCS (Protocol Rich Communication Services) is enabled and react to texts with emojis, even if they’re from an iPhone.
This is an expansion of the emoji reactions update in March, which it only allows you to see Apple emoji reactions without being able to react. Now you can participate too. D
However, due to RCS vs. SMS compatibility, iPhone users won’t see the emoticon reaction on their end the way you see it – like an emoticon superimposed on an actual message. iPhone users will still get a notification with the name of the emoji you used, and if you’re in a group chat with iPhone and Android users, Android users will see the emoji as intended.
The Messages by Google app will also help you sort your messages by suggesting a star for messages that seem important and giving you the option to set reminders in Messages. The app will also suggest when you should set up a Meet call by having an icon appear next to text that says something like, “Can you talk now?”
Additionally, when you’re messaging, you’ll now be able to watch YouTube videos directly in Messages while you continue to message the person. This will make sharing videos easier, as you no longer have to leave the Messages app.
Finally, if you’ve ever been stuck on a road trip without the ability to send an SMS, Google comes to the rescue.
Through a new partnership with United Airlines, customers will be able to take advantage of free messaging on United flights when RCS is enabled.
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