These days with everyone texting each other over WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram, and so on, sending an email feels more “formal”. It is still largely the preferred way that businesses like to communicate with each other, but Google appears to be making some changes to Gmail that will offer up a more casual experience.
According to a report from TheSpAndroid, it looks like Google is adding emoji reactions to Gmail on its mobile apps. This feature was initially discovered by Steve Moser over at TheTapeDrive, but now it looks like further digging has revealed that this feature will be available on Android as well as iOS.
As you might have already figured out, this basically lets users react to emails with an emoji, meaning that instead of users replying to emails with one or two words, they can just react with an appropriate emoji. There are some limitations to the feature though. It seems that emails you received as part of a BCC cannot be reacted to.
Encrypted messages or large group emails also cannot be reacted to, and that you cannot react with an emoji more than a certain number of times. We’re not quite sure how this will work out yet, but if you use Gmail frequently, then this is a feature you can look forward to once Google rolls it out.