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Google Might Be Emulating Apple’s ‘iMessage’ In Android’s Built-In Texting App
By Mikelle Leow, 12 Feb 2018
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background image via Android Messages
Apple’s ‘iMessage’ is pretty impressive for a built-in chat app. It’s an all-in-one SMS and instant messaging tool that works on both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. With it, users can send pictures, animations, documents, and view ‘read’ receipts. Its integration in MacOS and iOS devices also makes it feel all the more exclusive for Apple users.
Google’s answer to ‘iMessage’ is ‘Android Messages’, which also supports SMS, Wi-Fi, and internet data. Its key difference, however, is that it doesn’t connect to your desktop, so the only way you can use it is to communicate from phone to phone.
Finally, it seems like a closer version of ‘iMessages’ for Android users might soon become a reality. Android Police uncovered a code for a new version of ‘Android Messages’ that shows it will come to your computer in the near future.
To access ‘Android Messages’ from your PC when the feature rolls out, you’ll have to install a browser extension, where you’ll then be asked to scan a QR code to sync your phone with your computer, just like in the WhatsApp Web tool.
The upcoming ‘Android Messages’ update will also likely emulate ‘iMessage’s capabilities of sending SMS messages from your computer through Wi-Fi, as long as it’s within vicinity of your smartphone.
In December 2017, Apple announced a feature to let users make payments through ‘iMessage’. It turns out that Android users might enjoy this new perk too—soon, they’re expected to be able to purchase products from merchants without leaving ‘Android Messages’.
[via BGR, cover image via Android Messages]
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