Google's Messages app takes texting to a new level, with typing indicators, read receipts and other live "chat" features. Now Google is testing emoji responses in its Messages app, a feature already known to Facebook and iMessage users.
The emoji response feature of Messages was first noticed by Reddit users and reported by Android Police. After a long press on a message, you can choose from seven response emoji including thumbs up, heart eyes, smiling, surprised, crying, angry and thumbs down. Whichever emoji you choose will be displayed next to the message you are replying to.
Emoji responses only work as RCS & # 39; Chat features & # 39; are enabled in the Messages app. Users without "Chat features" enabled will see emoji responses as standalone messages, similar to how iMessage responses appear to Android users.
Google has not formally announced its new emoji response feature, which is currently available to members of the Messages Open beta program. Regular message users are likely to see emoji responses after a short period of beta testing.
via Reddit user urwinftw and Android Police