The world of instant messaging is revolutionizing the way we communicate, and practically all applications now allow us express our emotions quickly and easily using emojis.
Even applications like Instagram and Facebook, which are considered social networks—although, of course, the borders are blurred in this—also make use of these successors of emoticons. What we didn’t see coming was that, After social networks, email platforms would arrive.
And Gmail is no longer satisfied with just being a leader in the email sector, but is now seeking to get closer to the world of instant messaging incorporating the possibility of reacting to emails with emojis.
This novelty has been discovered by technology experts who found traces of this function in the Gmail mobile apps for iOS and Android. Although an official announcement has not yet been made by Google, The codes found in the app clearly indicate that this feature is under active development and that could be available soon.
Google may conduct limited testing of this feature before rolling it out widely.
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Uses and limitations
Once it is, with this function we could – for example – use the thumbs up emoji to indicate that we have read a message and approve it: the typical action that until now required us to start writing (normally several sentences, because a simple “it seems good to me” is a bit dry).
However, some limitations to this new function have been identified in the aforementioned app code, such as the inability to use emojis in encrypted emails or in those sent to large groups of people.
Additionally, there is a limit on the number of emojis that can be used in a single email: a maximum of 20 reactions per message and up to 50 in a conversation.
On the other hand, The full list of emojis that will be available has not been revealedso we don’t know if the range of reactions will be restricted or if it will accept the entire ‘catalog’ of Google emojis.
Via | The Verge
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