The default application on Android for sending and receiving SMS has introduced a bridge with the application that performs the same task on the iPhone: Google Messages already displays iMessage reactions in the latest beta version which is already in the Play store. The setting is operational, it may take some time for the Emojis to appear in the messages.

Between iOS and Android users, there are many similarities and also notable differences. For example, most popular apps are cross-platform, so we can communicate with each other regardless of the device. Now, there are two messaging protocols that are at odds: iMessage on iPhone and RCS on Android. Google has diluted one of the traps.

Google Messages now shows the setting for iPhone reactions

Activator already present in the latest beta of Google Messages

Google Messages and iPhone iMessage work in a very similar way: the application determines if the people to whom it will send the messages have a compatible mobile. If they match, the communication is sent via the platform itself (RCS on Android and iMessage on iPhone); otherwise what is sent is an SMS text message.

Apple introduced in iMessage the reactions or “Tapbacks” to the messages of its application in order to express emotions without having to write them. The problem comes when people with iPhone and Android communicate: these reactions are not seen on Android, instead an explanatory text appears (and quite annoying). Until now.

As 9to5Google discovered, and we verified, the latest beta of Google Messages is already ready to show the reactions that iPhone users apply to text messages received from Android. The app’s advanced settings hide the “Show iPhone reactions as emoji” connector. It should be enabled by default, but it’s worth checking out:

Activate the beta version of Google Messages and update the application on your Android. Once updated, open the messaging app and click on the first three menu items. Select “Settings” and go to “Advanced Settings”. Click “Show iPhone reactions as emoji”.

Basically, your Android should be ready to place an identifying Emoji based on how iPhone users react to text messages sent. According to our tests, it all depends on whether google has extended the feature to the account, even if the “Show iPhone reactions as emoji” connector is enabled.

Google’s approach to Apple’s iMessage makes it easier for Android and iPhone users to communicate: it’s very annoying to get a certain “You’re having fun” message instead of the text incorporating the Emoji directly. Of course, this is not reciprocal: Google has provided no means of reacting to SMS sent from an iPhone. At least for now.

Through | 9to5Google