Google's new messaging app might finally be able to compete with iMessage


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 Android Police, there's now unused code within the Android Messages app that indicates Google is preparing to release a web-based messaging tool, messaging over Wi-Fi, activity indicators (typing, delivered, read, etc.), and mobile payments.

Prompts asking a user to enable "chat features" that include messaging over Wi-Fi and high-quality photo sharing, all of which is powered by Google are also present in the code.

Google has been working on their Android Messages features for nearly one and a half year. Unlike Allo web interface that restricted users to Google Chrome for a couple of days, it has been revealed that Messages for web will work across multiple browsers.

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No, the green bubbles (sadly) won't be going away, but Android users may soon have a way to exchange messages via their web browsers. To use it, you may have to scan a QR code on your PC or Mac, then pair your device each time you want to text.

Once launched, this feature will be very convenient for frequent Android Messages users. The code also suggests that multiple browsers will be supported, in fact, support for multiple computers is also on the cards.

Code in the latest version of Android Messages, Google's SMS app, seems to point at two new features, one of which may allow users to send text messages from their computer.

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

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The second feature could involve RCS, which stands for Rich Communication Services and aims to replace SMS with additional features.

A new version of Android Messages, however, seems to be packing major changes under the hood. These are awesome features and the beauty of it is that they can work on Wi-Fi instead of cellular. 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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