Android Messages update will bring web interface, chat enhancements


Unlike Allo web interface that restricted users to Google Chrome for a couple of days, it has been revealed that Messages for web will work across multiple browsers. The "text from browser" feature could accompany enhanced chat features and the ability to make purchases inside Android Messages.

Back in August, a reliable source of ours told us that Android Messages would gain a web portal, just like Allo's, that you would access via QR code. According to the report unearthed by XDA Developers, a new update has been rolled out to the messaging app, which confirms a new code has been hidden in the update log, that indicates Google is planning to release a web-based service for its Android Messages app, which allows users to send texts, photos/videos and share files or locations as well. It should also be noted that Google's other messaging apps such as Hangouts and Allo have had a web interface for some time. People have been able to send messages using the browser on their PCs for many years, but the "text from browser" web interface that seems to be in the works would actually bring SMS text messages to laptops and desktops. The feature, codenamed "Ditto", has been spotted by Android Police in the code for the latest version of Android Messages. The service was later discontinued and now Messages is about to receive a huge update that would change the entire user experience making it more seamless than ever.

One of the trends we're seeing these days is how messenger apps on our mobile devices also have a desktop counterpart. It appears that the setup will adopt QR codes, which is the same implementation that WhatsApp for web uses. These are awesome features and the beauty of it is that they can work on Wi-Fi instead of cellular.

On Google's side of town, the company's messaging service is far from offering a legitimate alternative to iMessage.

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That said, if everything goes right, Google might implement these new features in a future version of Android Messages.

However, it would be advantageous for Android to introduce such a feature given the operating system's worldwide dominance.

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