Google Messages Reaction Now Support iPhone Texts
TECHDIGEST- Google has gone to great lengths to persuade Apple to adopt Rich Collaboration Services (RCS), which it claims will boost cross-platform communication. With little to no success so far, Google is focusing on what it can control: enhancing its RCS client Messages for Android with new features to make life a little simpler for those on the other side of the green bubbles.
Google’s Messages is getting a number of new capabilities, including the ability to respond to messages sent from an iPhone, make reminders, and watch videos without leaving the texting app.
RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is a collaborative effort by a number of industry companies to modernise classic SMS with features such as richer texts with read receipts, typing indicators, high-quality video sharing, stickers, and end-to-end encryption. In recent years, Google, Samsung, and a number of other companies, including telecom carriers, have rolled out RCS support to over 500 million users worldwide – but the Apple ecosystem remains untouchable. Google has been working hard in recent quarters to bring new capabilities to RCS and its messaging app.
In March, Google released an upgrade to the Messages programme that allowed users to see text reactions from iPhone users. It is now providing the option to communicate reactions to iPhone users.
There has been much discussion concerning the green and blue bubbles. When iPhone users communicate with other iPhone users, their text is shown in a blue bubble, signifying that they are using iMessage, which includes features like as reactions and animated memojis. When an Android user sends a text message to an iPhone user, it appears in a green bubble, just like regular SMS without any rich media elements.
Google has been urging Apple to implement RCS so that users of both mobile operating systems may enjoy features such as high-quality video sharing, read receipts, typing indicators, stickers, and more — but Tim Cook and company have not budge. At the very least, the latest Messages update adds some cross-platform reactions to the mix.
Google is also introducing several functionality found in popular chat apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram. The first is the ability to “star” messages in order to save key facts such as addresses, codes, phone numbers, or a favourite meme. You can get to these messages by touching the three-dot menu and then selecting the starred area.
With the new update, users can also reply to individual messages in a group chat. Plus, they can also watch YouTube videos through an in-app player.