The Google Messages app for Android is a standard SMS and RCS messaging client. But, it’s still useful because many users prefer texting to the regular phone call. For example, you can send longer messages over text than on a voice call or use your own number as a signature in emails that you send from Gmail. Now, a new change is set to happen on this platform.
Android Phones may soon see changes from iMessages
As reported via 9to5Google, the Google Messages app for Android devices may soon begin displaying iMessage reactions as emoji pictures rather than text.
On iOS and Mac devices, users can add a reaction to an iMessage. You can choose from ‘like’, ‘thumbs up’, ‘thumbs down’ or other reactions. On Android, though, these messages aren’t recognized correctly by the operating system and can lead to discomfort.
When you love a message on an iPhone, for example, the recipient will see a little heart on the message. However, when you like a message on Android, it shows it in text: [Person] “Loved” and then the content of the message. All of the reactions in iMessages are turned into text by Google. If Android users don’t use iMessage, they will not see the reactions.
In a recent beta update of Google Messages, 9to5Google looked at the code and found that rather than displaying iMessage responses as text, Google Messages might soon interpret them into emoji, which would be a far superior Android solution.
“Show iPhone reactions as emoji,” reads a line of the code, under the “ios_reaction_classification.”
“For now, it’s not clear exactly how this “classification” would work, but one would imagine Google Messages would spot incoming messages that start with something like “Liked” and try to match it to a previous message. Once it’s figured out what message is being reacted to, perhaps Google Message will hide the incoming iMessage fallback and instead show an emoji under the original message.
That said, iMessage has a different set of reactions than currently offered by Google Messages in RCS chats. Google may be accounting for this, as there is mention in the code of “mapping” the iMessage reactions, possibly mapping to the set of reactions available in Google Messages today, or perhaps just mapping to various emoji.”
If Google does decide to implement this change, displaying an emoji for an iMessage reaction may help alleviate some of the discomfort in future interactions between iOS and Android users.
iMessage vs. Android messaging
iMessage is the default text messaging app for Apple users. Android message can be used in place of iMessage when an Apple user switches to Android or if they have multiple devices and need a consistent texting experience across all platforms.
The main difference between iMessage and Android Messages is that Android Messages lets you send free messages over Wifi or Mobile Data while iMessage is exclusive to Apple devices that are connected to the same WiFi network. Android Messages also lets you send texts over your data connection like iMessage does when on a cellular connection.
Free messaging apps like WhatsApp and Messenger can be used in place of iMessage if an Android user wants free texting with other iPhone users. However, if a user wants to send messages over wifi as well as their cellular connection and they don’t want to use up data, Android Messages is the way to go