February 13, 2018

Google’s Android Messages 2.9 Hints at Texting Over Your Computer’s Web Browser (APK Teardown)

Here’s a good news for Android enthusiasts! There is a new version of ‘Android Messages’ rolling out to Android phones to bring the ability to send text messages through the browser. An APK teardown by Android Police reveals that Google is getting ready to launch a web interface that would allow users to pair their phones with a computer for all of their texting needs.


We have seen it done for Allo, an instant messaging mobile app developed by Google for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems, with a web client available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Opera. And now it’s going to happen for Android Messages.

Android Messages will also reportedly share the same basic setup procedure with Allo. You will be guided to visit a website on the computer, then simply scan a QR code. Once that’s done, you will be able to send and receive messages in the web interface.

Android Messages would be available for almost all the major browsers, including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

Google may also be planning to offer its own enhanced chat features to work with RCS (Rich Communications Services) messaging. RCS allows messaging apps to support the more “enhanced” features, like stickers, GIFs, and location-sharing. The vast majority of messaging apps already use this standard, but Android Messages has been stuck on the much older SMS protocol.

Well, it’s worth mentioning that these expected features should be taken with a grain of salt. APK teardowns are mostly speculative and usually based on incomplete information, which could turn out to be wrong on some occasions. So, don’t expect to see these features until it’s officially announced and released.

So, what do you think about these features? Share your views in the comments section below.

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