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Alongside Messages for the web, Google has also announced several new features for the Messages app. It is going to roll out new features "Messages for Web" option and it allows the users to text from the web browsers.

How does Android Messages work on desktop?

Set Android Messages as your default SMS app or download and install it from the Play Store and set it as default. Additionally, in a similar move to Apple's in iOS 12, Android Messages will now identify authentication codes and prompt them as fill-ins when appropriate.

The app is a front-end for the Podcasts player in Google Assistant and it leverages the reach of the Assistant on your various devices to let you search for and play podcasts on any of those devices. Tap the "More" options menu - the three vertically-stacked dots - and choose "Messages for Web". Further, select Messages for Web. Afterward, scan the QR code to pair the web client and app together.

Along with launching the desktop browser for Android Messages, Google is aiming to provide a chat-like experience on Messages app, rather than just being a text message platform.

This is what the Android Messages desktop login looks like. Now, you can tap the + button on the left hand side of the compose bar to search for GIFs for your conversation.

After many apps that failed, including most recently Allo, Google chose to make SMSs better on Android. Unlike in the case of Allo where Google only started with Chrome, Messages for web is opening the show with Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla, and Safari. For the unaware, Smart Reply is a service by Google which automatically suggests quick text or emoji responses to your messages. This is indeed helpful especially when someone is messaging on the go. The latter will only be available in English for now, however, more languages will be supported soon. To avoid getting charged for data while using this feature, be sure to connect your phone to Wi-Fi. Users will also be able to copy OTP or One Time Password with relative ease.

Google announced past year it is working with the mobile industry to bring SMS into the modern day, through a universal standard called RCS (Rich Communications Services). Many of these features were announced when the company revealed its upcoming Android Messages overhaul in April.


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