Google introduces web version of Android Messages

Jun

19

2018

Google has expanded its messaging service with new functionality. Among other things ‘Messages for the web’ has been added, with which messages can be sent via a web version of the service.

To use the web version , users must open the Messages app on their Android device, select ‘ Messages for the web’ and scan the qr code on the page in their browser with the phone. Users can send text, emoji, stickers and attachments, just like the Android version of Messages. According to Google, the web version was a much-needed option.

Furthermore, messages have been expanded with a function to add gifs to chats, and there is a smart reply function, although it can only be used in English for the time being. From now on, posts will also show a preview of that page when you paste links so that the conversation shows where the link leads.

Furthermore, the notification for a verification code, such as that obtained with two-stage authentication, has been given a copy button, so that the code can be pasted quickly in the input field. Google offers Instant Messaging for the web, the other functions follow later this week and users need to update their app.

Google announced in April a major expansion of Android Messages in the form of Chat, which makes the app compatible with rcs. This Rich Communication Services standard should extend SMS to make it look like chat services like WhatsApp, but providers have to support it.

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