Are you planning on using Android Messages on the web? Desktop support, Google says, is one of the most requested features for Messages, and as you'd expect from the company it has looked straight to the browser to deliver it.
Google is officially rolling out Android Messages client for Web after months of rumours, and a couple of months after an announcement on the company's part. Now users can use Cortana, or Skype relay, or even third-party tools to message through their phones. With the new Android Messages for Web app, you'll be able to sync your smartphone to any laptop with a browser and send and receive messages as long as both the phone and laptop have a wifi or data collection. According to Google, the new features will be rolled out starting today and over the next week, so do check for software updates in the next couple of days. The service has been launched by Google in order to compete with the iMessage service offered by rival Apple. It'll support not only text but stickers and emoji in conversations. However, this option section of the Messages app is not live yet, and the service will only become fully available when this happens. Just tap on the + button in the Messages app and search for the GIF you want.
Google has also announced four other new features in the Messages app. For starters, it has a smart reply feature.
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Finally, Google is making it easier to copy and paste those 2FA security codes you get sent to you via Text Message.
Other features include previewing links within conversations and copying one-time passwords with a single tap.