Google’s Messages is adding a slew of new features such as the ability to react to texts sent from an iPhone, set reminders and also have an in-app YouTube video player to watch videos without leaving the texting app.

There’s been a raging debate about the whole green bubble and blue bubble. When iPhone users chat with other iPhone users their text is shown in a blue bubble, indicating that they are using iMessage, which offers features like reactions and animated memojis. When an Android user sends an iPhone user a text, it shows up in a green bubble, which is just like plain old SMS without any rich media features.

Google is also launching some features that are widely popular in other chat apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram. First of the lot is a feature to “star” messages to save important details such as addresses, codes, phone numbers, or a favorite meme. You can access these messages by tapping on the three-dot menu and going to the starred section.

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With the new update, users can also reply to individual messages in a group chat. Plus, they can also watch YouTube videos through an in-app player.

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Google is testing some location-specific features as well. In some regions — Google didn’t specify which ones — the company is allowing users to chat with businesses they find through Search or Maps on the Messages app. The company is also partnering with United to let flight passengers text through RCS using in-flight Wi-Fi starting this fall with support for most carriers.

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Google Messages adds reaction support for iPhone texts and in-app reminders by Ivan Mehta originally published on TechCrunch

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