Months after announcing it, Google has finally launched a web version of its Android Messages app. The new web client will make it easy for Android users to receive SMS and RCS (Rich Communication Services) messages on both smartphone and PC, depending on which ones closer. Messages for web will be rolling out to everyone in the next week.
Google adopted Android Messages in order to cut out all the clutter caused by the eight other messaging applications it carries under its suite. Before this, the company launched Allo, which was also designed to do the same thing. However, the company abandoned the app almost a year and a half later to pursue implementation of Rich Communication Services inside Android Messages. With a web client in place, Google has a better chance to compete with iMessages, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, all of whom have a desktop version as well.
To use Messages on your PC, you’ll first have to go to the Android Messages website, where you’ll have to scan a QR code using the Android Messages app on the smartphone. To do this, it is also necessary for you to update the Messages app to the latest version on the smartphone. It’s very similar to how things work on WhatsApp. The web client is tied to the same phone number being used with Android Messages. So, you can only log into one computer. Google claims that if you don’t use your account for 14 days, it will automatically sign out of the browser.
Once connected, you’ll be able to access text messages, images, and stickers on the new web version. It carries support for some desktop notifications as well. Messages on web is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge browsers.
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Besides that, Google also announced a few new features for Messages app, including GIF integration and Smart Reply. The latter suggests relevant responses to incoming messages in the form of text and emojis.