Google introduces Messages, here are 5 new features

Google Makes Android Messages for Web Official, Announces Other...

Google announced in April that they were aiming to fix Android Messages, and this marks the first major update to the service since the initial announcement. Google took it to its official post to reveal that the company will be introducing a whole set of features to the Android messages among the highly anticipated feature where users can send or receive messages on the web.

Messages for web is starting to roll out today, with the rest of these features coming to the Messages app over the next week.

This brings Android further into line with iOS on one of the few areas it lagged - Apple users have been able to do this via iMessage for years. However, a Messages for web section, according to 9to5google will be added in the overflow menu of Android Messages.

The desktop version of the service allows users to send emoji, images, sticker and text.

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Messages for web is another push toward RCS (Rich Communication Services), which is what Google will need to compete with other messaging solutions that are more feature-packed than just SMS and MMS, like iMessages, Facebook Messenger, and more.

Open Messages on your Android phone. Being able to text from a laptop might be more convenient if you're already using that device anyway. The web client will generate a unique QR code which should be scanned by the mobile app in order to work.

Google intends to have more than 2 million podcasts available on the app, which is only for Android, at launch. Once you click on one of the suggested responses, the message is automatically sent, saving users from the headache of typing a message out and sending it as a whole. Upon login, there is a "Remember this computer" option to make pairing in the future much easier. Now, you can tap the + button on the left hand side of the compose bar to search for GIFs for your conversation. With Your Phone app, you can easily access messages, notifications, and photos stored on your phone directly from your Windows PC without having to touch your phone.

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