Android Messages app could soon let users text from web

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Google has been working on their Android Messages features for nearly one and a half year. The good news is that if you're someone who relies on Android Messages quite a bit, you'll be pleased to learn that the folks at Android Police have found hints that a web version of Android Messages could be in the works.

Google has some interesting features lined-up for its Android Messages application.

Google Allo, Hangouts, Voice, and Android Messages are just a few of the messaging apps and services.

Code in the latest version of Android Messages, Google's SMS app, seems to point at two new features, including one that would allow users to send text messages from multiple computers.

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If Google can - finally - put the pieces of the messaging puzzle the company has created for itself in the right spot, it's surely going to attract some iOS users on the edge of making the jump, especially if Google doesn't lock users into just one platform. It is expected to follow the same setup procedure as well. Setting up should be the same with Allo: go to a website, pair the phone, and scan a QR code. It will link with the phone to do the actual SMS/MMS/RCS communication through your network provider. Signed in devices will also be shown in the settings. Most significantly, it looks like you'll be able to pair your phone with a computer and text directly from a browser like Chrome, Firefox and Safari, much as you can with Google's Allo messaging app.

RCS allows messaging apps to support the more "enhanced" features, like stickers and GIFs and location-sharing, that most users have come to expect from modern messaging apps. You will be prompted to "text over Wi-Fi" via RCS. Last year, the company announced it was working with carriers and device makers to implement a new messaging standard knowns as Rich Communications Services or RCS. Other promotional messages refer to seeing message status (when someone is typing), read receipts and sending photos. The teardown suggests Android Messages could soon support purchases as well.

"The theme of the new strings is fairly unmistakeable, including common consumer terms like 'checkout and 'order summary.' Another key clue is the activity where these are displayed, which is named messaging.ui.businesspayments.PaymentsSummaryActivity", the report adds. All of these features are not officially available but you could choose to install the APK version and test out the features for yourself before the formal rollout is initiated.