Google Messages now allows you to see feedback from your iMessage friends

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Google Messages is set to receive an update that displays iMessage responses as emoji.

Google Messages aims to bridge the gap between those who use Android and those who use iMessage. No, the green bubble isn’t going away anytime soon, but it seems that Google has updated the app so that Android users can better see how iMessage users react. Instead of text replies that make all the reactions verbose, it uses emojis.

So if your friend replies with “Ha-ha”, you’ll see a laughing emoji instead of “Ha-ha, I’m great!”. Google hasn’t released it yet, but a leak has found this development in the APK file of the Google Messages app. Google will basically map iMessage reactions and display them as emojis. Great way to make text messages interesting, right?

Google Messages to display responses from iMessage
In addition to responding to the message, Google is working on ways to remind you of the contact’s birthday. If your contact information includes birthday information, Messages displays an animated banner to remind you to wish you a happy birthday. This banner can be displayed in the chat window or in the chat list.

Both features were first reported by 9To5Google and this update is now being distributed to users worldwide.

It remains to be seen if something similar will happen on Apple’s part. The iMessage ecosystem is closely related and of course, only works with iPhone users.

While Google is trying to make text messaging better with iMessage users, the competing messaging service WhatsApp is now looking to simplify the process of transferring chat backups between platforms. If you’re using an iPhone and want to switch to an Android device, you can now export your chat history to WhatsApp just like you would from an Apple device to your Android phone.

The feature is currently only available for Samsung users, but WhatsApp will release it for other Android phones in the future. Previously, the only way to transfer backups between these two platforms was to use a third-party paid service.