google-messages Stories March 10

Messages will send videos as Google Photos links for the benefit of RCS-less iPhones, rolling out iMessage reactions

In recent weeks, Google has been testing and slowly rolling out a number of new features for Messages on Android. The company announced today that iMessage reactions, Google Photos integration, and several other capabilities will soon widely launch.

google-messages Stories January 31

Google Messages starts rolling out iMessage reactions, but emoji translations are not quite 1:1

As we spotted in November and following the latest push for RCS support on iPhone earlier this month, Google Messages is starting to roll out iMessage reactions in beta for Android users.

google-messages Stories January 10

Comment: iOS should support RCS, but Apple has no incentive to make iMessage work with Android

Over the past year, Google has publicly pressured Apple to support Rich Communication Services. The latest salvo this weekend was the harshest yet, but RCS on the iPhone is not the panacea to Google’s historical messaging woes, nor will support lead to a transformatively better experience for Android users when interacting with their iPhone counterparts.

Google says it’s not asking for iMessage on Android in needling Apple to adopt RCS

After critical comments on Saturday, Android chief Hiroshi Lockheimer is back with some “thoughts and clarifications” on RCS and iMessage.

google-messages Stories November 19, 2021

Google Messages may soon show iMessage reactions as emoji [Update: Rolling out]

The latest update to Google Messages prepares for a new way to handle the annoying iMessage reaction messages often seen in mixed group chats.

Update: This feature has already begun rolling out for some, allowing us to see it in action.

google-messages Stories July 20, 2021

Google gently pushes Apple to adopt RCS by pointing out the poor security of SMS fallback

Messaging has always been a tough point for Android phones compared to iPhones simply because iMessage is, put simply, very good both for its experience and its security. As Google finally solves that problem with expanded adoption of RCS with end-to-end encryption, the company is pushing for its rival, Apple, to do the same by pointing out that the current fallback method instantly drops security.

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