January 22, 2019

Google Appears Ready to Turn Android Messages Into Android's iMessage

10 February 2018, 10:29 | Dale Webster

The days of SMS as we knew it seem to be numbered

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The "text from browser" feature could accompany enhanced chat features and the ability to make purchases inside Android Messages.

Back in August, a reliable source of ours told us that Android Messages would gain a web portal, just like Allo's, that you would access via QR code.

Prompts asking a user to enable "chat features" that include messaging over Wi-Fi and high-quality photo sharing, all of which is powered by Google are also present in the code.

The Mountain View-based company is developing a web interface that will pair with your phone's Android Messages app for sending texts. You will be guided to visit a website, scan the QR code and start receiving messages in the web interface.

Code in the latest version of Android Messages, Google's SMS app, seems to point at two new features, one of which may allow users to send text messages from their computer.

You could soon be able to text from the browser on your computer.

The last but not least feature of Android SMS which is still not identified properly might be business transactions through your Android Messages; this feature will allow transactions and payment requests through the phone.

This means that users who work on their computers can continue chatting with their friends or colleagues on mobile without having to constantly check their phone.

Tombs notes that the code refers to multiple computers, so users should be able to pair both a laptop and desktop. It might support all the existing browsers like Chrome, FireFox and Safari etc. Upon pairing, a notification reading "Connected to desktop" will also be shown.

Perhaps the most important addition that will make a lot of people happy is the possibility of rolling out Rich Communication Services (RCS), a protocol that was devised to succeed SMS.

A new version of Android Messages, however, seems to be packing major changes under the hood. "Text over Wi-Fi and data".

Messages for Web isn't the only new feature that Google is working on. Android Messages supports RCS by default, but RCS adoption has been slow among the telecom operators.

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