Android users have long hated when iPhone users use the feature tapback in text messages, but Google’s fix is now rolling out to beta users. However, Google made some strange decisions on emoji translations.
We first learned that Google was fixing the annoying way Android and iPhone interacted with these reactions a while ago. Now, the company is rolling it out to Google Messages users in beta form, as reported by 9To5Google . That means we’re one step away from the emoji reaction feature coming to all Google Messages users.
Interestingly, Google didn’t use the symbols that match the exact reaction on the iPhone. For example, the heart’s reaction changes to the face with heart eyes, which sends a slightly different message than the heart alone. Even more confusing is the exclamation reaction, which is changed to the open-mouthed face.
This assigns the reactions to the same ones used in RCS but it’s still an odd choice as changing the emoji upsets the point an iPhone user may have been looking to make with their reaction.
If you’re on the Google Messages beta, the new conversion feature is enabled by default, so you don’t have to do anything to get it up and running.