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Android Messages update will bring web interface, chat enhancements

10 February 2018

No, the green bubbles (sadly) won't be going away, but Android users may soon have a way to exchange messages via their web browsers.

Google has been working on their Android Messages features for nearly one and a half year. Nothing official is known at this point, but the Android Messages app code includes promo text about these enhanced chat features and that they are powered by Google.

Compared to Hangouts and Allo, Android Messages does not have much to offer apart from using SMS for texting.

Back in August, a reliable source of ours told us that Android Messages would gain a web portal, just like Allo's, that you would access via QR code.

"The theme of the new strings is fairly unmistakeable, including common consumer terms like 'checkout and 'order summary.' Another key clue is the activity where these are displayed, which is named messaging.ui.businesspayments.PaymentsSummaryActivity", the report adds.

Google has some interesting features lined-up for its Android Messages application. The feature, codenamed "Ditto", has been spotted by Android Police in the code for the latest version of Android Messages. You open a link on your computer, which shows a QR code. It sounds like the feature would support a wide range of browsers, as XDA found references to Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Microsoft Edge.

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The code also indicates that users will have a new notification channel and receive a notification when their phone is paired with a desktop.

Or, Google may be creating a messaging app that can do the same as iMessage and WhatsApp and essentially replace SMS.

However, it would be advantageous for Android to introduce such a feature given the operating system's worldwide dominance.

The company, incorporated on July 23, 2015, is a holding company.

On July 8, 2015, Google's stock prices were priced at $541.7.

From July 9, 2015 to January 30, 2018, Alphabet's stock prices rose by 116%. Though the support for sending money to friends was rolled out for Google Wallet in November a year ago, it was not convenient for business purposes.

Android Messages update will bring web interface, chat enhancements