Android texts might get this iMessage feature soon

Android texts might get this iMessage feature soon
A new leak suggests that Android texts might soon receive an important update, including some stellar features that have been supported on rivals for years.

RCS, or rich communication services, is the new messaging protocol ready to power next-generation texting for Android. So far, Google hasn’t been successful in making RCS a universal standard, but its efforts have been making some steady progress for widespread adoption.

But as rogue hacker Jane Manchun Wong revealed on Twitter, Google is also working towards giving Android Messages a wider set of features, like emoji reactions.

 
As her tweet shows, beta code for Messages shows a functional emoji reaction feature, where users can express agreement, amusement, and more for a certain message by selecting an emoji to appear beside it. This feature is widely available on other popular messaging clients, like Facebook Messenger or Apple’s iMessages (known as Tapback).

While the feature obviously hasn’t reached official release quite yet, it adds to RCS’s already diverse toolbelt, which includes modern conveniences like read receipts, typing alerts, and messaging over Wi-Fi or LTE. Texts on Android will need to catch on with these contemporary features in order to match the experience offered by many competitors.

With a robust set of features and compatibility with all major US carriers, RCS clearly has the potential to rejuvenate Android’s outdated messaging infrastructure. Now, if only it was adopted as the standard already.

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8 Comments

9. phlooke

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 16, 2020

I noticed about a month or so ago that when an iPhone user texts my Google voice number, I know can receive iMessage emojis (or whatever you call them when you highlight a certain text and give it a thumbs up or a ❤️ etc. Not sure if it's because I'm using an iPhone or not but they show up in the actual Google Voice app as well so I'll test it out with my Galaxy S8 later today.

8. Simonbarsinister76

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 21, 2017

Messages>>>Settings>>>Chat features. If it says Not Supported, give it time to set up (check back later). If it activated, you can then toggle your settings within Chat. It works on my OnePlus 6 & 7 PRO Android 10 devices. I do have Carrier Services installed.

7. Skizzo

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Finally. Big tings is cookin' up at Google.

3. Simonbarsinister76

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 21, 2017

Read Receipts does work. Either side can toggle it ON/OFF, though. That's why you may not be seeing it constantly. I, for one, toggle mine OFF from the recipient's end..

1. rsiders

Posts: 2074; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I just want working read receipts please. That is all.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1780; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Yours aren't working? I haven't had a problem yet. My biggest issue is that if I'm driving and a text comes through, Toyota's stupid system marks all my texts as "read" so i nevevr see the notification, but that's a toyota problem

5. rsiders

Posts: 2074; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

No they never worked in that I can never tell if the recipient actually read my texts or not unlike on Apple devices.

6. TBomb

Posts: 1780; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Are the people you are texting on an Android device? Do they have the Messages App installed and are they using it? do they have RCS turned on? Do you have RCS turned on?

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