Google is giving its mặc định messaging app a big upgrade, the company announced today. The Messages app, which comes pre-installed on most app android phones, will gain a number of new features with the update. Most notably, it will address the long-standing issue where iMessage’s “Tapbacks” weren’t delivered as emoji reactions, but were rather sent as a separate message. It’s an annoyance that’s made chats between Android and iPhone users confusing, cluttered và far too noisy.

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Other coming updates include nudges to remind you lớn reply lớn messages you missed, separate tabs for business and personal messages, reminders about birthdays you may want to celebrate, tư vấn for sharper videos via a Google Photos integration & an expanded mix of emoji mashups, among other things.

After the update, reactions from iPhone users will be sent as an emoji on text messages on Android. As on iMessage, the emoji reaction — lượt thích love, laughter, confusion or excitement — will appear on the right side of the message. (On Android, it’s the bottom right.) This feature is first rolling out to apk devices set to English, but additional languages will follow.


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These improved reactions were already available lớn beta users of the Messages app, but Google had not yet said when they will become available khổng lồ the public. Testers had noted that Android’s interpretation of which emoji to use varies slightly from iPhone, however. For instance, the “heart” reaction on apk becomes the “face with the heart eyes” emoji. & the iMessage’s exclamation mark reaction becomes the “face with the xuất hiện mouth” emoji.

Google is also integrating Google Photos into the Messages tiện ích to improve the video sharing experience. While the modern RCS standard allows people with apk devices to nội dung high-quality videos with each other, those same videos appear blurry when shared with those on iPhone, as iMessage doesn’t tư vấn RCS. By sending the link to the đoạn clip through Google Photos, iPhone users will be able lớn watch the clip in the same high resolution. This feature will later include tư vấn for photos, too.

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This addition aims to lớn push táo to adopt the industry standard by shaming the company over video quality.

Google thus far has been very vocal about Apple’s decision to avoid supporting RCS — largely because RCS adoption would allow Google to better compete with Apple’s iMessage. But Google is not wrong when it points out that táo bị cắn is not serving its own customers very well by having iMessage fall back to lớn the older standard of SMS, which is less secure. (An odd choice for a privacy-focused company lượt thích Apple claims to be.)


iMessage should not benefit from bullying. Texting should bring us together, and the solution exists. Let’s fix this as one industry.