Android messages will let you send and receive SMS from your computer

Angelica Greene
June 19, 2018

Google is today launching a web app of Android Messages called Messages for web. For instance, 20% of mobile data is used in the background by apps they haven't opened in over a month, and the Unused Apps feature displays the apps which you're not using, but that are consuming data in the background.

However, the implementation of Messages for web is more like WhatsApp for the desktop, right down to how you scan a code on the Message website to sync things up with your phone.

The company earlier this year moved its Allo team to work on Android Messages, Google's app that utilizes the RCS messaging standard. 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. With desktop support for Android Messages, Google is finally taking on Apple's iMessage service.

Google says Messages for web will support sending stickers, emoji and image attachments, as well as text, at launch.

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This last feature is also similar to a new addition coming to iMessage in iOS 12. Once that's done, you will be able to access your existing messages or send new ones from your browser.

Google product management director Sanaz Ahari walked through some of the new features and improvements to Android Messages in a blog post today, showing off updates that include the ability to send GIFs and smart replies.

This feature is rolling with Android Messages 3.0.43, not all users will get it automatically with reports indicating that it's being serverside enabled.

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