Google Messages is showing iMessage response as emoji.

The latest update to Google Messages develops a new way to handle annoying iMessage response messages that are often seen in mixed group chats.

update: This feature has already started for some people, so we can see it in practice.

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iMessage response as emoji

Of course, every Android fan has at least one friend with an iPhone who insists on using responsiveness even if you don’t use iMessage. In these cases, you will receive long messages on these lines:

Liked a photo

“We are on our way,” he said

In the iMessage group, these are simple responses, but in mixed conversations, a fallback message is sent so that Android owners do not lose sight of the fact that the message has been recognized and somewhat answered. For some people, including this author, these messages are incredibly annoying, friends often use the message history randomly, using responses to incredibly long messages in group chats.

In the latest beta update of Google Messages, version 10.7, we noticed that Google is developing a more sophisticated way to deal with incoming iMessage responses. According to a newly discovered preference (not yet in the app), Google messages should be able to block incoming iMessage responses and instead display them as “emoji”.


Show iPhone response as emoji.

For now, it’s not clear how this “rating” will work, but one would imagine that Google Messages would look at incoming messages that start with something like “likes” and link it to the previous message. Try Once it is known which message is being responded to, Google Message will probably hide the fallback of the incoming iMessage and instead display an emoji under the original message.

That said, iMessage is a different set of responses that are currently offered in RCS chats via Google Messages. Google may be accounting for this, as mentioned in the “Mapping” code for iMessage responses, possibly from the set of responses available in Google Messages today, or perhaps just mapping different emojis.


Update 11/19 at 3:00 p.m.: It seems that Google has already slowly started to develop the ability of messages to translate the response of iMessage to its response. Courtesy of Screenshots. 9to5 Google From the reader JvolkmanWe found that responses sent from the iPhone were interpreted correctly by Google Messages, just as responses sent via RCS.

The important thing is that fallback messages do not appear in the message history, they keep things random. When you tap on the response to a message, Google Messages will show that it was “translated from iPhone”, which is a really funny way to put it.

Now we can see that Google has really made some of the iMessage responses to match the ones available through RCS. For example, the love response to iMessage is received by Google Messages as a heart-eye emoji, while the response to laughter is replaced with a smiley face emoji.

Specifically, if the iPhone user changes the iMessage response to a message, Google Messages switches correctly to see which emoji is displayed. This can be seen in the screenshots above, where the love response was changed from a laugh.

Thanks Jvolkman!

Birthday reminders

Another feature that is being worked on with this Google Messages update is the birthday reminder. From what we can collect, Google Messages Conversation List will show you directly that it’s a special person’s birthday, probably based on their Google Contacts list.

Happy Birthday to them!

If you’re chatting with someone and it’s their birthday, you should also see a banner that reminds you to wish them a happy birthday. This banner can also have a fun, bouncy birthday cake animation.

“Today is his birthday!”

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