If you've ever texted with an Android user, you know who
conversations can quickly get overrun with Jason laughed at this or
Roman liked that messages. As soon as an Android user joins a group
conversation, Apple's iMessage reaction expressions turn to text prompts so no one misses out on
That might be changing in a future Google Messages update. According to 9to5Google, who has dug through
the APK for a beta version (10.7) of the app's APK, Google has
changed expressions such as Liked, Emphasized, and Laughed to
ios_reaction_classification and Show iPhone reactions as emoji as
well as ios_reactions_mapping.
It's not entirely clear how the new reactions would work, but it
seems as though Google is working on changing the way reactions are
transposed by Android phones using Google Messages. Based on
9to5Google's understanding, Messages will be tagged with a heart
emoji rather than Liked and won't need to repeat the entire
message. Rather, the appropriate emoji would appear under the
original message similar to how it works with iPhone users.
Granted, there are a lot of unknowns here. For one, the feature
may never be released. For another, we don't know exactly what
Google is doing here so we'll need to see it in action. And it
might strictly be an on-device Google Message feature that doesn't
change what iPhone users see on the other side.
But for the first time in years, it seems like Google is
recognizing that Android users text a lot with iPhone users and the
experience isn't great. Since Apple isn't about to change the way
iMessages works to accommodate Android users, Google might finally
be taking matters into its own hands.