Last Friday, code suggested that Google would soon roll out an update to Google Messages that would display iPhone users’ iMessage responses as emoji on Android devices, and now that update has started rolling out.
According to 9to5Google, some Android users are beginning to see iMessage responses in Google Messages as emoji associated with the conversation in question.
Google Messages seems to interpret iMessage responses as responses sent over the RCS protocol used for Google Messages, rather than serving them in text format.
Before the Google Messages update, if an iPhone user added a heart or thumbs up response to a message in the Messages app, it would look odd on an Android device when it would display correctly on an iPhone. Adding a heart icon to a message showed a little heart on iPhone, but on Android it would show up as [Person] “Loved” and then the text of the original message.
The text-based system can lead to clumsiness, especially if Android users are not aware of iMessage responses. It also clouded the chat thread by repeating unnecessary texts.
As can be seen in the screenshots above, the response messages are linked to the chat bubble and also use icons taken from the RCS system. if 9to5Google points out that the little heart for “loving” an image on iPhone has been replaced with a heart eyes emoji on Android, and the smiling iMessage response is translated into a smiling face emoji.
Android devices also display a “translated from iPhone” icon so that Google Messages users understand where the response is coming from.
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