A Google spokesperson responded to the rumors by telling users to “stay tuned“
Google is currently in the process of developing emoji reactions for Gmail. It’s a feature that could give the email platform a touch of the messaging app experience.
Reports about this development first surfaced when The Tape Drive spotted a code in the iOS Gmail app, that hints at the ability for users to react to emails using emojis, like the emoji reactions seen in rival platforms like Outlook.
More evidence supporting this feature’s existence has been uncovered in the latest Gmail APK for Android.
Renowned Google leaker AssembleDebug has pointed to several lines of code in the APK that reference emoji reactions.
While specifics are somewhat scarce, one line in the APK code suggests that the feature is “coming soon” and that select Gmail users will be among the first to receive access to emoji reactions, implying that Google may roll out the feature on a limited basis before reaching a wider audience.
According to AssembleDebug, Gmail users will have the ability to use emoji reactions from the email interface or the three-dot overflow menu. However, the latter option appears to be currently disabled.
The code does outline certain restrictions, noting that some emoji reactions may not be available for encrypted messages, large group emails, or when the user has been blind carbon copied (BCC).
There may be a limit of 20 emoji reactions per single email; for some messages, there could be a cap of 50 unique reactions.
Google has not made a public announcement on the development of emoji reactions for Gmail. When asked about the feature’s status, Google spokesperson Madison Cushman Veld advised users to “stay tuned.”
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