Google has added features to its Android Messages app, including the ability to reply messages with emoji reactions
The feature was first spotted in testing in May, but Google has now officially rolled it out as part of the latest version of its Messages app.
To make use of the emoji reactions, tap and hold the message you want to react to and some beautifully animated emoji will come up.
You can then pick the one suitable for you. Note that you will only be able to use emoji reaction if you have RCS chat turned on.
Rich Communication Services (RCS) is the new messaging protocol on Android devices. It is an alternative for SMS.
The RCS not only has an alternative for SMS, but it also offers such to available features in Apple’s iMessage, and Facebook Messenger.
Below is a GIF from showing how to use the emoji reactions and what it will look like: In other news, Google is adding a new feature to Smart Reply, which automatically suggests potential responses for you (stickers and text alike).
Also, the company is adding a few other great tools to help users communicate in Messages, including a new video call button.
The new video call button takes you straight from a text conversation to a Google Duo video call.
It also features media editor you can use to mark up photos and share them right inside a conversation.