Google continues to improve the experience with the default Android messaging app, Google Messages. After a failed #GetTheMessage campaign that highlighted Apple’s lack of RCS support and a new app icon update, Google Messages is now testing the ability to react to a message with any emoji. Until now, users could only react to messages using seven emojis. But a few users are now able to use more emojis by long pressing an RCS (Rich Communication Services) chat. As of now, only 7 emojis are available for message reactions – thumbs up/down, smiley face with heart eyes, face with tears of joy, face with open mouth, crying face and angry face.
Reacting to messages with emojis is nothing new. It allows to give standard emoji reactions by pressing and holding the message, similar to the feature supported by many platforms including WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, Skype, Teams and Instagram. Currently, the feature is only available in the latest Google Messages Beta. However, the update may be rolling out gradually.