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"Text From Browser" Feature Could Be Coming To Android

What's more interesting is an apparent promotional stress from Google to try and send text messages over WiFi, as well as other RCS-like features. 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. However, there is another line that reads, "Chat features are powered by Google".

The code, analysed by Android Police, shows that Google may be getting ready to launch a web interface that would allow users to pair their phones to a computer to send texts, just like with WhatsApp and iMessage.

Support for all browsers is listed, which means you'll be able to use Android Messages on any computer. Setting up should be the same with Allo: go to a website, pair the phone, and scan a QR code. This could come in handy for longer messages, or for those who prefer typing on a computer keyboard rather than a phone.

Compared to Hangouts and Allo, Android Messages does not have much to offer apart from using SMS for texting.

He also notes that all mainstream browsers may be supported, as they are all named in the code - including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera.

Google is Planning to Launch a Web Version for Android Messages
Android Messages may soon let you send texts from the web

Perhaps the most important addition that will make a lot of people happy is the possibility of rolling out Rich Communication Services (RCS), a protocol that was devised to succeed SMS.

One of the trends we're seeing these days is how messenger apps on our mobile devices also have a desktop counterpart.

RCS typically requires carrier implementation.

Android Police found code for a pop-up messaged that reads 'New! You will be prompted to "text over Wi-Fi" via RCS. However, Google may be working on turning Android Messages into an iMessage rival, and we definitely like what we've heard so far.

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