Google is changing the faces and processes of sending and receiving short messages otherwise known as SMS—the company in the last couple of months has added some cool new features to Android Messages. A while ago, it not only launched a web version of Android Messages, it also introduced a dark theme. Android Police reports that Google is stepping up its good work with the app by making the Messaging site a Progressive Web App, which means you can now install it as a native application.
Android Messages enthusiasts will, however, have to make do with the service without any of the Progressive Web App features. What that means is that they will not be receiving any background notifications, and offline support. What it lacked in the aforementioned, it has in app manifest, which allows you to install Messages to the app drawer on Android/Chrome OS or the Start Menu on Windows.
Here is how to install it on your desktop: Simply open the Messages web app and select “Install Android Messages” from the main overflow menu [three dots on the top right]. After installing it, you can then choose to pin it to your taskbar or Start menu for easy access.
Last time out, Google updated Android Messages for mobile with a new feature by making it easier to search through previous conversations. You can now dig deep [search] for those pictures sent a month ago with so much ease. Better still, finding that address a friend sent you a month or a while ago will no longer be difficult. You can do all these and even more by simply searching by contact or type of content.
Just tap on the search icon from where you will be able to select a specific contact to view your messaging history with them. The messaging history could include one-to-one and group conversations, all the photos shared, videos, addresses or even links among others.
A few months earlier, Google introduced the web version of Android Messages to the delight of millions of users across the world. The roll out further made the app more popular and attractive to users, especially when you consider the fact that you can now send and receive text messages from your desktop.
The functionality is integrated into the Android official SMS/RCS client. Considering the amount of people using Google’s operating system, Android Messages on the web could very well be Google’s way of giving Apple’s iMessage a run for the money.
To get started, simply scan the QR codes on your desktop to connect. The process is pretty similar to that of Allo, and only takes a couple of minutes to complete.
Almost every popular browser you can think of is supported by the functionality. Unlike in the case of Allo where Google only started with Chrome, Messages for web is opening the show with Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla, and Safari.