Google launched a campaign called #GetTheMessage that aimed to convince Apple to support RCS messages on iPhones.
Tech giant Google launched a campaign last month called #GetTheMessage aimed at convincing Apple to support RCS messages on iPhones. According to GSM Arena, Google’s efforts to improve messaging between Android and iPhone users are evident with the latest feature being tested.
A Reddit user has seen the Google Messages app testing the ability to respond to messages sent from iPhones. When an Android user responds to a text message from an iPhone user, they see a message that an emoji has been used to respond to a message.
In short, Google pulled an Apple. If you remember, iOS users can reply to text messages, which send a text message back to the recipient (an Android phone in this case) and relay a message from the response emoji along with the quoted message text.
Google has since made it so that its Messages app could see which message the comment was for, and instead show an emoji next to the message itself. With this new implementation, Google is porting back to iPhone users and showing them a similar text version of a response to a message, GSM Arena reported.
Responding to messages with an emoji is nothing new. Numerous cross-platform messaging apps, including WhatsApp, Telegram, Messenger, Skype, Teams, and Instagram, all support responding with an emoji.
Right now, the only market where this really matters to some people is the US, where users prefer the phone’s standard messaging experience. In the case of Android, those are Google Messages with RCS and the iMessage on the iPhone, according to GSM Arena.