Android Messages hits the web for browser-based texting

Android Messages web interface is starting to roll out, but the app needs an update

Android Messages on the web goes live

Android users can get started by visiting the new Android Messages website.

It's a byproduct of Google's efforts over the last few years to improve the Android messaging experience, efforts that have included adding new features and working with carriers to upgrade their networks to handle Rich Communication Services (RCS).

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Today, Apple users can access iMessage conversations on their Mac using a dedicated app. Google's Messages for web is similar in the sense that it also offers cross-platform access to messages - that is, it lets Android users view and respond to chats when they're not on their phone. The Android Messages web client is now live at messages.android.com, where you'll see a set of instructions and the large QR Code needed to pair your phone. You can send things like stickers, emojis, pictures, etc.as you would normally expect. This means when you receive a message with a one-time password or code you can save time by copying that password directly from the message with a tap. Google has informed that the new feature is now rolling out and should be available globally by next week. It also makes Android Messages compete with apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, both of which are chat apps with desktop versions. Users can also preview links within conversations.

As per above, the Android Messages on Web feature will go live from today, with the other features starting to appear over the next week. As for the other features, they'll be pushed out over the coming week, Google says.

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