Google Messages might be switching to double tap to react

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Following the wide rollout of Photomoji a few weeks ago, Google Messages is readying a small change wherein you double tap to react. 

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Today, you long-press on a text or chat to get the tray of emoji and Photomoji options. The latest Google Messages beta (version 20240208_00_RC00) adds a promo string detailing how  double_tap_to_react is coming. This change is not yet live. 

It remains to be seen whether you still press and hold to access copy, delete, star, share, forward, and view details from the top toolbar. Divorcing how you react in Google Messages and that menu makes some sense. That said, I’m not sure there will be much of a time savings.

Meanwhile, this beta release renames various Bard strings to Gemini now that the rebrand is live. It would suggest Google is proceeding with this one-to-one chatbot inside Messages. 

  • Old: <string name=”penpal_conversation_name”>Bard</string>
  • New: <string name=”penpal_conversation_name”>Gemini</string>

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