Google is all out to meet the iMessenger head on. They are rolling out facility to send and receive text messages via the web, along with a few other features.
Technology Updates 2018 – Google has been working on integrating RCS
Google has been working on integrating RCS (rich Communications Services) into its messaging services, which requires carriers to upgrade their networks in order to implement new features. In other words, it’s a 2.0 version of SMS, where features seen inside messaging apps will be available via text, such as the ability to create rich group chats, see typing indicators and read receipts, share high-res photos and videos and more.
- Android Messages will let you send texts from your computer
Google is beginning to roll out desktop browser support for Android Messages, allowing people to use their PC for sending messages and viewing those that have been received on their Android smartphone. To get started, the Android Messages website has you scan a QR code using the Android Messages mobile app, which creates a link between the two.
- Messages for web
A highly anticipated and top-requested feature, ‘Messages for web’ will be available soon, which is similar to iOS, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and others already provide. To get started, users must open ‘Messages for web’ in Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or Microsoft Edge (not available on Internet Explorer) and, using their smartphone, scan the QR code.
Now on the left hand side of the Android Messages compose bar is a + button that will open up a search for that perfect representation.
- Google launches dedicated podcast app for Android
Google launches dedicated podcast app for Android Google hasn’t had a direct answer to Apple’s dedicated Podcasts app. You’ve had to either listen in Google Play Music or use a not-well-publicized player built into Android’s search feature.
- Smart Reply
You’re on the go when somebody texts you “where are you?” and instead of wasting time typing up a response, there will now be the option to tap potentially fitting replies like ‘Be there soon’ or ‘On my way!’.
- Link Previews
The name says it all. Links that are received will now appear much like they do in the Facebook or Twitter news feed, with a picture, headline and first sentence.
- Copy one-time passwords
This feature now allows that password to be copied and pasted directly.