Google makes Android Messages live for web; here’s what you need to know
These new Android messages are also made live on desktop making sending and receiving more easier for users.
Search engine giant Google has been working on improving the messaging experience on Android—from working with carriers to upgrade its networks to RCS to building new features. With Android Messages, Google says, “we're creating a messaging experience that's available on multiple devices, lets you share whatever you want to share, and makes it easy to take action on your messages with Google AI.” These new Android messages are also made live on desktop making sending and receiving more easier for users.
Google in its blog highlighted five features of Android Messages. Here’s what they are.
Send and receive texts from your computer
Google says, "Today and over the next week, we’ll begin rolling out Messages for web, one of our top-requested features that lets you send and receive texts from your computer."
To get started, select “Messages for web” in the menu of your Messages mobile app. On Messages for web, you can send stickers, emoji, and attach images in addition to sending text.
Search for and send the perfect GIF
Sometimes, a GIF is worth a thousand words and conveys exactly what you mean. Now, you can tap the + button on the left hand side of the compose bar to search for GIFs for your conversation.
Use Smart Reply to respond with a tap
Smart Reply saves you time when you’re messaging on the go by suggesting quick text or emoji responses to your messages. Once you’ve tapped a Smart Reply suggestion, it sends immediately. Smart Replies will be available in English for now, and come to more languages over time.
Preview links within your conversations
The next time your friend sends you a link to an article or a new restaurant, you’ll have an idea of what you’re about to click on. You’ll see an inline preview of the link, directly in your conversation.
Copy one-time passwords with one tap
Now, when you receive a message with a one-time password or code from a secure site —such as your bank—that you’re logging into, you can save time by copying that password directly from the message with a tap.
For now messages for web has started today, with the rest of these features coming to the Messages app over the next week, said Google.