Google Is Bringing Facebook-Like Emoji Reactions Feature For SMS Messages In The Recent RCS Update

Tech giant Google, which also runs the Android OS for smartphones is seen testing a new Facebook-like emoji reaction feature for its messages app. Rich Communication Service (RCS) was supposed to upraise Google’s regular messages app as a competitor to Apple’s iMessage app. However, the update rollout by carriers had been support patchy and was taking too long to be released. Then, the search giant Google had to take the matter in its own hands, and the company brought Rich Communication Service (RCS) support to the Android SMS app directly. Currently, the search giant is working to bring RCS chat to people via Google’s stock SMS app on the Android operating system.

If we compare the latest rollout to Apple’s iMessage app, the range of features supported by the regular SMS app is small. However, Google is continuously releasing new features to Google’s SMS app to provide its users with the best overall experience possible. It appears that the company is testing one update on the wild, bringing Facebook-like emoji reactions to the SMS messaging app.

The feature was first discovered by Redditors, displaying the emoji reactions. Users can find the emoji reactions in a small circle at the bottom right corner of the messages Android users exchange during a conversation. Some of the Reddit users reported that they are able to use a Facebook-like emoji reaction feature on RCS messages.

To react to any message, you will have to long-press an SMS message, and a plethora of emojis will appear. You can choose between seven different emojis while using the new feature. Currently, we are unclear if there are more emojis available, but these emoji reactions look very similar to that of Facebook reactions. The feature will come in handy for many users, and it will prove to be a way for users to have fun in their conversations.


It seems that Google has been working on bringing these emoji reactions for some time, based on earlier teardowns of the app. However, we did not know when the feature will be made available for public use. Now, it finally appears that Google is rolling out this feature to beta users.

It appears that the company has not rolled the feature widely till now. However, we expect that the company will make the feature available for all of its users after a bit of testing.



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