We’ve known for months that Google has been working to make its Messaging app properly display emoji reactions sent by iPhone users. Now Google is making the feature available to all as part of a host of new and updated features for its Messages app that are rolling out over the coming weeks.
The beta already gave us a pretty good idea of how Google Messages translates emoji reactions sent by iOS users, properly formatting them on Android instead of appearing as a confusing text message that arrived separately.
Despite Google’s capitulation, it still says it wants “Apple to join the rest of the mobile industry and adopt RCS” for a better long-term solution.
Google is also building a Google Photos sharing link directly into Messages to offer users a way of sending photos and videos to non-RCS (read: iPhone) users to avoid image quality degradation. Google Messages will also now nudge you to respond to a message if it’s been sitting in your inbox for a while (much like Gmail’s been doing for years), as well as prompting you to wish someone a happy birthday if you’ve got the date in your contacts app. Oh, and links to YouTube videos shared in Messages will now display a preview for iOS users as well, which is nice.
Finally, a pair of Messages features Google first debuted in India last year are getting a US release. The most interesting of these is an option to automatically delete one-time passcodes after 24 hours to avoid your inbox getting cluttered with useless six-digit codes. They will be rolling out to more countries in the future, Google spokesperson Maura Howard tells The Verge. There’s also a new option to have Google’s software automatically sort your messages and let you filter them by “Personal” and “Business.”
Correction March 10th, 2:03PM ET: The two Messages features that debuted in India last year, which we mentioned in the last paragraph, are getting a US release, not a global one. We regret the error.