A while ago we published a report that Google was working on bringing Android Messages to web just like it did in the case of Allo. There is an update on that—and the good news is that we have only a short time to wait until it becomes a reality. What that means is that you would soon start sending and receiving SMS on the web just like you do on your mobile phone.
Despite having an array of mobile messaging apps, Google has managed to convince everyone that it can make all its apps attractive to all. The focus now is on Android Messages—and a web-based SMS version of the app could soon hit your desktop.
The reports of a web-based Android Messages app has not been confirmed by Google, but all signs point to the fact that sending an SMS via your desktop is only a matter of time. According to XDA Developers, the plan to launch a web version of the very popular app is as good as done. The new feature is hidden in the latest version of the Android Messages app where you will find the setup process that allows you to link your phone to the web service.
For those already familiar with the pairing process of Allo for Web, the process for linking the Android Messages is pretty the same. Simply go to the “empty” messages.android.com web page to get a QR code that you will need to scan with the app. You can start sending and receiving text messages on your web browser as soon as you have successfully scanned the QR code and your phone is paired.
What’s more? You can also link your Google account with Android Messages. Reason for this has not been made known yet, but we trust that it could be Google’s own way of enriching the user experience while using the app.
Payments and purchases are also coming to Android Messages. You will be able to settle your bills, and make some purchases the same way you do on Wallet.
Still on Google and account linking, Google Duo now has an email address option so you can call your buddies via their Gmail address. Version 31 of the app now gives you the option to link your Google Account with the service.
Here is a document confirming the new Google Account support made available by Google via its support page:
“To connect with other people easily, link your Google Account to Duo. People with your Google Account, like your Gmail or phone number on Duo, can see that you use Duo and call you using the app.”
Want to add your Google Account right away? Here is how:
Open the Duo app.
Tap Menu > Settings > Google Account.
Tap the Google Account you want to add. If you don’t already have an account added to your device, tap Add account.
Follow the step on the screen.