Google Docs is getting support for emoji reactions, enabling users to reply to a text with a simple symbol instead of a fully written comment. In an announcement post, the corporation says the feature supports all the emoji reactions available in the latest release, which comprises gender-neutral options and more laughable symbols like melting face and biting lip.
A Less Formal Alternative Option to Written Comments
Moreover, a gif released by Google shows how the support for emoji reactions will appear as a third option alongside “Add Comment” and “Suggest Edits” when you highlight text. Users can also type to search the emoji catalog. Google says the new support will provide “a less formal alternative to comments.” The symbols have become a staple of modern software, and are available in numerous messaging apps (iMessage, Facebook Messenger), and social networks (Facebook, and Twitter as part of a limited test).
The support for emoji reactions is coming to Google Docs as the service is undergoing a big overhaul and developing from being a word processor into more of a remote working collaboration tool. Other new Google Docs features revealed recently include markdown support, a new pageless layout, and the ability to seamlessly draft emails from a document.
The Support for Emoji Reactions Will Be on by Default and Cannot Be Disabled
Furthermore, tech giant, Google states that the support for emoji reactions will be on by default and cannot be disabled. They’re rolling out now for rapid-release domains but will come to most Google Docs users after April 20th. They’ll be available for “Google Workspace Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, and Enterprise Plus” subscribers, but not more basic tiers like Enterprise Essentials.
Source: The Verge