Months after the rumours, the Android messages for web is finally out as google made it known to us on a blog post. The introduction of the Android messages to web can be seen as a sword drawn between google and Apple as google finally steals Apple’s iMessage service. Nevertheless, With the latest update, sending and receiving SMS and RCS (Rich Communication Services) messages from a PC will now be easier for Android users.
Google noted that the new feature is currently rolling out and should be available globally by next week. The announcement of Messages for web was officially made on Monday by Google as a brand-new feature for Android Messages.
As per Google’s blog post, text, images, and stickers are all supported on the new Web version. It also makes Android Messages compete with desktop versions of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.
Google also announced four other new features in the Messages app which include;
- Comes with integrated GIF support
- It has a Smart reply feature that suggests text or emoji responses to incoming texts
- Preview links within conversations
- Copy and paste passwords and verification codes that are sent via texts.
HOW TO USE ANDROID MESSAGES IN WEB
To use the new feature, you will have to install the latest version of the Android Messages app. On your PC, go to the Android Messages site where you will need to scan a QR code using the Android Messages mobile app, creating a link between the two.
To scan the QR code, go to the Messages app on your phone and tap the three-dotted menu on the top-right corner. Further, select Messages for Web. However, this option section of the Messages app is not live yet, and the service will only become fully available when this happens.
Also, Google mentions in a support page, “Your latest conversation threads, contacts, and other settings will be encrypted and cached on your browser.” Also, if you don’t use your Messages account for 14 days, you will automatically be signed out.
Notably, besides checking all your past messages and creating new ones, you will also be able to receive desktop notifications on the Web. Google noted that the new update Supported browsers which include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge, UC browser, opera and others aren’t included at the moment.