Google is developing emoji reactions for Gmail that, when released, make the email platform more of a quick messaging app. The feature was first talked about a few weeks ago after code was discovered in the Gmail app for iOS that allows users to reply to emails with emojis, similar to competing platforms like Outlook.
More evidence was found in the latest Gmail APK distribution for Android. The AssembleDebug source claims that this APK contains several lines of code directly related to emoji reactions. There are still few details, but text phrases were found in this file “This feature is coming soon” And “You’re among the first Gmail users to get an emoji reaction.” suggesting that the full public release of this Gmail email add-on is imminent.
According to AssembleDebug, Gmail users can use emoji reactions directly from the email screen or from the three-dot menu, although the latter option is currently disabled. The code also mentions some limitations, according to which some emoji reactions cannot be used in encrypted messages, large groups, or when the recipient is hidden. There will likely be a limit of 20 emoji reactions per email, and at least some messages will have a limit of 50 individual reactions.
Google hasn’t publicly confirmed that it’s working on an emoji reaction feature. But when Google spokeswoman Madison Cushman Veld was reached out for comment, she recommended “Updates to follow”literally write: “😉,✋📻”