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Android Messages hits the web for browser-based texting

19 June 2018

The update will allow Android smartphone owners to send and receive text messages straight from their laptops or desktops.

Working in a similar fashion to the web version of its own Allo messaging service, users can now visit the Android Messages website to generate a unique QR code which will eventually be linked to the Messages app on their handset.

If you have a modern Android phone with Google's default SMS and RCS app, you now finally have messaging continuity between your phone and your computer (s). Like most Google rollouts it might take some time before your particular phone can fully utilize the feature, but I imagine this will be a much quicker rollout than what Google usually does. Google has stated that an average Android user has saved 21% of their mobile data by using data from Monday to Thursday and having Friday covered by Datally.

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Google says Messages for web will support sending stickers, emoji and image attachments, as well as text, at launch. As for the other features, they'll be pushed out over the coming week, Google says. Supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

Aside from the desktop texting, Android Messages is also getting a few other new features like link previews, GIF search, and Smart Replies. While all of the above are already available in Apple's iMessage system, one addition is not: copying one-time passwords with a single tap is now possible in Android. Even if you're living in a post-PC world you'll still get some new features to play with.

Android Messages hits the web for browser-based texting