Google starts testing full emoji reactions for the Messages platform

Google Messages users may soon get support for WhatsApp like emoji reactions that allow users to react to messages with any emoji.

As per a report by 9To5Google, the company has rolled out full emoji reactions for a few users. Until now, users were only able to react to messages using only seven emojis. But a few users are now able to use more emojis by long-pressing on an RCS (Rich Communications Services) chat.

As of now, only 7 emojis are available for message reactions – thumbs up/down, smiling face with heart-eyes, face with tears of joy, face with open mouth, crying face, and angry face. Moreover, recently used reactions will display in the top row, but it is still unclear whether it will eventually replace the seven defaults, the report said.

Earlier this month, the tech giant had started testing a newly designed gallery-focused ‘photo picker’ in its Messages platform.

With the redesigned photo picker users are able to see around 22 images by swiping left and it also provides a shortcut to quickly open the camera.

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