Android Messages

Google is about to roll out desktop browser support for Android Messages. This support will allow people to use their PC for sending messages and viewing those that have been received on their Android smartphone. Google says this feature is beginning to reach out to the users from today and continuing for the rest of the week. The Web Version supports Text, images, and stickers.

How to get started?

The Android Messages website has you scan a QR code using the Android Messages mobile app, which creates a link between the two.

This is one of the first significant steps in Googles push towards Chat. It is the company’s implementation of Rich Communication Services (RSC) inside Android Messages.

If you are going to be the viable competitor to iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other chat platforms, a desktop version is pretty critical. Allo was one swing at that goal, but Google is pausing all efforts and investment in that failed app and betting that Android Messages. The out-of-box default messaging app on many smartphones represents its best chance at success.

Many carriers have also pledged to go backChat and integrate the benefits offered by RCS. The benefits include read receipts, typing indicators, full-resolution images and video, also approved group texts. None of this stuff is end-to-end encrypted.

According to the report, Google also goes over multiple other and recent developments to the Android Messenger. It includes

  • built-in GIF search,
  • support for smart replies on more carriers,
  • inline link previews, and
  • easy copy/paste for two-factor authentication messages.
Note: The report said that Wi-Fi must be enabled on your Android device for web messaging to work. That’s not the case; Google recommends that if you’re experiencing problems with the feature, you should toggle Wi-Fi “off and on again”. But it also works over cellular data.

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