Is Google Messages testing iPhone emoji reactions?

For some time now, Google has actually been pushing the problem with Apple round messaging. Noting that SMS must be a final resort, not the rapid fallback. The marketing campaign has been operating now for a couple of yr, initially with Hiroshi Lockheimer providing Google’s help to enhance messaging.

The supply of help turned in direction of that of an assault with a comply with up in January, noting that iMessage locks customers in. Since that point, Google has develop into even much less refined, outright asking when will Apple get the message?

It appears now that Google could also be engaged on methods to sidestep Apple and enhance the messaging expertise with out them. A publish on Reddit famous that reactions might be despatched to some person messages that originated from an iPhone. Some customers within the thread have corroborated this from the Messages Beta with feedback across the stream of messages:

Edit: model 20220916_00_RC00

Edit 2: Particular person on the opposite finish of the thread will get a message within the format of (emoji) to “(message)”

So for those who react to On my means with thumbs-up the message will appear to be 👍 to “On my means”.

Now if the opposite person reacts to that message it screws every little thing up. You’ll get one thing like 😥 to “👍 to “On my means””.

Theoretically, you could possibly maintain reacting for eternity, creating a sequence of response messages that tear a gap within the space-time continuum.

Evidently iOS 16 can interpret these reactions successfully sufficient for the response to work properly in messaging stream. So, maybe Google has discovered a approach to make this work, though it doesn’t improve the safety of SMS vs an end-to-end encrypted message stream.

We’re but to see the function on any of our units, even these on Messages Beta. Fingers crossed, Apple will see sense and settle for this gracefully. How pleasant wouldn’t it be to have a single, harmonious and safe messaging pathway no matter your chosen cell OS?

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