Google launches a Web client for Android’s SMS app

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Messages.android.com works now, but you'll need the phone app to get the feature, too.

Distend / Messages.android.com works now, but you’ll need the phone app to get the feature, too.
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Android’s lapse messaging client for 2018—”Messages”—is getting a Web client today. Google told the feature launch on the official Google blog, which says “Messages for Web” on roll out to everyone over the next week. Android Messages started as a uncomplicated SMS app, but, with the Web client, it is turning into Google’s ninth messaging armed forces after (deep breath) Google Talk, Google Voice, Zoom on to, Google+ Messenger, Hangouts, Spaces, Allo, and the Slack-like Hangouts Jaw.

We first heard about Messages for Web two months ago when it was announced that Google intelligence service #7—Google Allo—was going to be abandoned after scarcely a year and a half after launch. With Allo dead, the band moved over to Android Messages to focus on beefing up the app with some of the wiser Allo features, like this Web interface. Since Android Points is just an SMS/RCS app, this meant Google would essentially cede call the tune of Android messaging to the cell carriers and give up on building an over-the-top despatch service.Messages for Web.

Enlarge / Messages for Web.

The website for Android Messages, Messages.android.com, is out today, and if the agreeing server-side update is live for your phone app, you’ll be able to tap on the menu button in Meanings and open “Messages for Web.” Just like Google Allo, Android Memoranda bizarrely uses a QR-code based login system instead of your Google account, which earns with the major downside of only being able to log into one computer at a old hat. It’s tied to your phone number, so you’d better keep ahold of those 10 digits if you divert carriers. You also can’t use it if your phone is dead, since you won’t be able to log in.

Adulate all of Google’s recent messaging efforts, the functionality of Messages is much worse than Google Hangouts, the presentation system it’s slowly supposed to be replacing. Google Hangouts already has Web fund via Gmail.com and hangouts.google.com, and since Hangouts is tied only to your Google account, you can be logged in to multiple devices—phones or computers—at the unvaried time. Since Android Messages only has a Web client, there’s no lenient way to have a computer be connected 24/7, as is possible with Hangouts’ always-on Chrome app.

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