Google continues to improve the experience with Google Messages, the default Android messaging app. After a failed #GetTheMessage campaign highlighting Apple’s lack of RCS support and a new app icon update, Google Messages is now testing the ability to react to messages with any emoji. Previously, reactions were limited to seven emoji. This message comes from 9to5Google, which previously confirmed the feature by enabling it in a previous build.
Now when you tap and hold an incoming message on the Google Messages app, you can react with any emoji you want. A new icon in the emoji picker shows the option to add new emoji not listed.
You can tap the emoji in the corner of the replied message and reply to the recipient of the message Take a close look at this emoji next to your name. If viewing reactions from a group message, all the names and emoji they reacted to will appear in the popup.
Currently, this feature is only available in the latest Google Messages Beta release. We can confirm that the changes have been reflected on our Google Pixel 7 Pro, so the update will likely be rolled out in stages.