In May, Google added support for emoji reactions similar to iMessage for messages sent via RCS, but the web app lacked support. Now, it is finally being rectified.
For the past few days, the Google Messages web app has implemented support for emoji reactions that closely mirror the Android app. In each message, a new emoji icon now appears next to the message when you hover over it next to the three-dot overflow menu. From there you can simply choose the reaction you want and it will apply if the other end user is using Android or web apps.
Of course, you will have the same collection of emojis: thumbs up, heart eyes, laughing, surprised, sad, angry, and thumbs down. Unfortunately, there is no nifty little animation like the Android Messages app.
It appears that this functionality has been widely rolled out for web users at this time, which is good news given that the reactions functionality was rolled out in the Android version of Google Messages in May, and made official in June.
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