Google Could Soon Let Users Text From The Web With Android Messages


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.

All told, Google appears to be transforming Android Messages into an Allo-like app, except for mobile SMS texts instead of web-based ones. Codenamed "Ditto" the feature will pair your phone to the web using a QR code you scan on your phone, and from the looks of it all browsers will be able to be used.

'Once that's done, you'll be able to send and receive messages in the web interface and it will link with the phone to do the actual SMS/MMS/RCS (?) communication through your carrier.

Finally, there's code that indicates Google is working on allowing Android Messages users to make payments, most likely to businesses, for services.

That said, if everything goes right, Google might implement these new features in a future version of Android Messages.

Google is Planning to Launch a Web Version for Android Messages

According to the teardown you'll be able to login with multiple PCs, so you can have a desktop, laptop, Chrombook etc. all logged in. It should also be noted that Google's other messaging apps such as Hangouts and Allo have had a web interface for some time. Supported browsers could include Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari and Internet Explorer. RCS, or Rich Communication Services, gives end users the ability to do things like share higher resolution images than standard SMS texting or MMS allows, it can show typing indicators and supports read receipts.

RCS typically requires carrier implementation. With the latest Android Messages version 2.9 update, there are hints of major features that could come to the platform.

Or, Google may be creating a messaging app that can do the same as iMessage and WhatsApp and essentially replace SMS.

On July 8, 2015, Google's stock prices were priced at $541.7.

However, the company's so-called Other Bets saw revenues rise from $262 million (£183m) a year ago to $409 million (£286m) in the last quarter.

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