16 December 2019
Google has started testing a new way for RCS users to express their emotions. It has added emoji reactions for RCS-enabled text messages similar to what Apple offers with iMessage and Facebook with Messenger. As reported by Android Police, a couple of users who have received this new functionality have shared screenshots on Reddit.
A user simply needs to press and hold on the message for which he wants to send the reaction. It will offer a row of available emoji reactions that include thumbs up, thumbs down, laughing, surprised, angry, and love. Tapping on a particular react will result in it getting delivered to the recipient.
It should be noted that the recipient will be able to see the emoji react only if he has RCS enabled. For non-RCS users, Google is said to be sending a fallback text. This is a text message where the selected emoji is typed and it is mentioned that the emoji was used to react to the message.
The newly added emoji react feature is currently a part of the server-side beta testing. It means if someone is using the latest Messages beta application, it is not guaranteed that he will also get the feature. We will keep you posted as and when the availability will be expanded.