Google has from today beginning to roll out desktop computer browser support for Android Messages, allowing people to use their PCs for sending messages and viewing texts those which have been received on their Android smartphone. Here are the details on it, below.
Google says the feature is starting to go out to users and continuing for the rest of the week. Text, images, and stickers are all supported on the web version of Android Messages.
To get started, launch Android Messages website, have you scan a QR code using the mobile app, which creates a link between the two. That’s very similar action to how the web client for Allo. Unfortunately, that section of the Messages app isn’t yet live. Hopefully, it won’t be long before it shows up and you can start chatting across platforms.
This is one step of the first significant steps in Google’s push towards Chat – the company’s implementation of Rich Communication Services (RCS) inside Android Messages. If you’re going to be a 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 application and betting that Android Messages – the out-of-box default messaging app on many smartphones – represents its best chance at success.
What’s the big downside offered by RCS? None of this stuff is end-to-end encrypted. Many carriers have also pledged to back Chat and integrate the benefits, though.
In today’s blog post, Google also goes over numerous other recent improvements to Android Messenger including built-in GIF search, support for smart replies on more carriers, inline link previews, and easy copy/paste for two-factor authentication messages.
Tip: It is said that Wi-Fi must be enabled on both your Android device for web messaging to work. Google recommends that if you’re experiencing problems with the feature, you should toggle WiFi “off and on again.” It also works over cellular data, too.
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