Google did it with Allo, and everything looks perfect—at least we can chat with our loved ones and do a lot of things just like on mobile. Now, it is time to try it out with Android Messages—yes, you could soon start sending and receiving SMS on the web.
Google is reportedly developing a web interface to run on a laptop that will then be paired with your phone for sending messages. No official name for the web version has been announced yet, but Android Police reports that it is named internally as “Ditto.” That could however, change when the web interface is officially launched.
The basic set up procedure won’t be any different from that of Allo. As with Allo, you will be directed to visit a website on your PC that you want to pair with your phone, and then be requested to scan a QR code. After that, and just like the web version of Allo, you can start sending and receiving messages in the web interface and it will link with your phone. However, all SMS, MMS and RCS will be communicated through your carrier. I suppose this will also attract charges as well.
Payments and purchases are also coming to Android Messages. When this is sorted out in the next couple of weeks or maybe months, you should be able to settle your bills, and make some purchases the same way you do on Wallet.
Allo for web was launched last year by Google, giving users almost the same features, the app offers on mobile.
To use it on desktop, scan the QR code from the menu using your Chrome or Mozilla or Opera browser. The process is really very easy and takes only a couple of seconds; but be sure to have your phone connected to the internet and a version of the app installed on your phone. You will have to make sure your phone is always on since the web version mirrors what’s on your mobile device.
With Allo web, you will be able to access some of the app’s major features including the popular Google Assistant, stickers, smart reply, and many others. To add emojis, simply tap on the smiley button in the text input box, or move over to a right-side column where you can choose a sticker pack of your choice.
Still on making payments and sending money, Google recently added more tools to Google Tez, its mobile payment app designed for the Indian market. Tez, with 12 million users, added an option that will connect you with service providers in India. Once connected, you will be able to among others, pay your electricity bills, broadband bills, and many others. You will also be able to retrieve your billing history and pay off your outstanding bills with just a few taps.
As soon as you add a service and include the details you signed up with, Tez will automatically pull in your payment history, process your payments, and send you notifications of future bills as soon as they arrive.