Google rolls out Messages on the web for Android users

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Google has been working on making the messaging process better on Android. With the new Android Messages, Google claims that it is trying to create a platform which allows the user to share messages by using AI as well.

To set it up, simply head to messages.android.com and use your Messages app on Android to set it up. The app is currently unsupported on iOS.

Android Messages is Android’s official app for texting (SMS and MMS) and chat (RCS). In April, Google’s plans for turning Android Messages into something of an iMessage competitor were revealed. Google on Monday announced Messages for Web 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. This is Google’s first major step toward “Chat”, the company’s addition of Rich Communication Services (RCS) inside Android Messages. It also makes Android Messages compete with apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, both of which are chat apps with desktop versions.

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.

Meanwhile, 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. Supported browsers at launch include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge, Google has noted.

Google has also announced four other new features in the Messages app. It now comes with integrated GIF support so you can search and send GIFs in the Messages app. It has a Smart reply feature that suggests text or emoji responses to incoming texts. Users can also preview links within conversations. Also, Google has made it easier to copy and paste passwords and verification codes that are sent via texts. This means when you receive a message with a one-time password or code you can save time by copying that password directly from the message with a tap. Many of these features were announced when the company revealed its upcoming Android Messages overhaul in April.

Here are the list of updates made available by Google

Messages for Web

Google will be starting its messenger for web service on 19 June, which will allow users to send and receive messages, stickers, emojis and images from the computer.

Search and send GIFs

By tapping the + button on the left hand side of the compose bar you can directly search for GIFs.

Smart Reply

With Smart Reply, Google claims that the user can save time as the feature will suggest quick text or emoji responses to your messages. The smart reply sends the message instantaneously after you tap it.

It’s available only in English only right now.

Preview links while in a conversation

An inline preview of the link is shown in the chat itself.

Copy One-time passwords with a single tap

When you receive a One-time password from a secure site, you can directly copy it with one tap.

Google says that these features will start coming out by next week. Users can try these features by updating their Messages app on Android to the latest version.

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