Recently, Google’s been adding a number of features to its Messages app for Android, including the ability to reply to messages with emoji reactions, stuff that’s been available in other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and Instagram. The feature was first spotted in testing in May, but Google has now officially rolled it out as part of the latest version of its Messages app.
To use an emoji reaction, just tap and hold the message you want to react to and a short list of cute animated emojis will pop up and then, you can pick from. You’ll only be able to use emoji reactions if you have Rich Communication Service (RCS) chat turned on, however.
Here’s an exemplary GIF from Google showing how to use the feature and the outcome:
Google is also adding a new feature to Smart Reply, which already automatically suggests potential responses for you: it can now suggest emoji stickers in addition to just text. Right now, though, the feature is only available in English, according to Google.
Take a look at how the feature works in this GIF from Google:
If text, emojis, or stickers won’t be it, Google is adding a few other handy features to help communicate better in Messages, including a new video call button you can tap to go straight from a text conversation to a Google Duo video call and media editor you can use to mark up photos and share them right inside a conversation.