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It’s a little less bad to be an Android green bubble on iPhone now

Tuesday February 1, 2022. 11:31 PM , from Mac Central
We all know how annoying group conversations can be when one of the bubbles is green, but it’s about to get better. Google’s solution to iPhone “tapbacks” is rolling out to Android phones beginning today and it looks pretty slick.

We haven’t gotten to try the feature since it hasn’t appeared on our Pixel 6 yet, but based on 9to5Google’s screenshots, the implementation is solid. Instead of “Jason liked this message,” Android users will see small emoji under the message rather than above it, but otherwise like just like they would if they were using an iPhone. As a result, iPhone users won’t have their conversations cluttered with tapback texts.

The emoji don’t exactly line up with Apple’s reactions, but they’re relatively close enough where there shouldn’t be too much confusion. Here’s what Google has chosen for the six tapback responses:

Heart: 😍Thumbs Up: 👍Thumbs Down: 👎HaHa: 😂Exclamation points: 😮Question mark: 🤔When a tapback comes in on an Android phone, an alert will also pop up on the bottom of the screen that says “Translated from iPhone” with the appropriate emoji.

To get the feature, you must be using Google’s Messaging app and have the Show iPhone reactions as emoji toggle turned on in the Advanced settings. It appears to work with every carrier, though the rollout is staggered. Strangely, the option was initially visible on our Pixel 6, but the toggle disappeared before we had a chance to try it.

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