01 July 2019
It is not a hidden secret that Google is focused on standardizing the default SMS experience across the Android platform. This is the reason it opted for an advanced Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol for delivering better features which are in line with modern instant messaging applications. In the same direction, it has now announced the availability of Android Messages for web functionality.
As the name suggests, Android Messages will now allow users to send/receive SMSes even via their desktop using a web browser. It is similar to what we have seen with the likes of WhatsApp Web and Google Allo. A user will need to visit the Android Messages for web website and scan the QR code visible on the page. This code can be scanned using the smartphone on which the Android Messages app is installed. Although, it will take some time before the support for the web version arrives on the smartphone app. The feature is in rollout phase and it could take up to one week for everyone to receive it.
Once the feature becomes available, you will be able to use all Android Messages features on the web. It includes sending and receiving images, stickers, and emoji. The whole experience will be quite similar except that you will have the freedom of texting using the PC browser instead of being restricted to the smartphone.
Other than this, Google took the opportunity to announce a few more features that are coming to Android Messages. The first one is the native support for searching and sending GIFs. There is a new "GIF Search" option which lets you quickly search for GIFs and send them instantly.
Android Messages is now the latest app from Google to receive support for Smart Reply feature. These are reply suggestions which Google offers depending on the context of the conversation. They can be helpful in a lot of situations and allow you to reply with just one tap instead of typing out the whole thing. The team has further added link previews and one-time password (OTP) instant copying feature. The first one will simply show a preview of the link received by you so that you can decide whether you want to click on it or not. As for the second one, it will make it easier and faster for you to copy OTPs so that you can complete the task you were doing quickly.
All these Android Messages features are currently rolling out from Google's end. Some users will receive them sooner than others. This is the reason it is advised to make sure that your app is updated.
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