The option to check your text messages in a browser is one-step closer to reality with Google announcing the service – as well as four other new features will be going live this week.
The Android Messages web service will be a see users pairing their phone to their browser via a QR Code similarly to how Google paired their Allo client to the web last year. The Android Messages web client is now live at messages.android.com, where you’ll see a set of instructions and the large QR Code needed to pair your phone.
The main component to getting this working is missing though, with the option to scan a QR Code not yet present in the Android Messages app. Though Google says in their announcement post that the service will be rolled out from ‘Today and over the next week’.
Also arriving in Android Messages this week is GIF search, accessible by hitting the ‘+’ button on the left hand side of the compose bar, which will then let you search for GIFs for your conversation.
Also arriving this week are Smart Replies, suggesting quick text or emoji responses to your messages and the ability to see an inline preview for URLs included in your Messages conversation.
Finally, Google is making it easier to copy and paste those 2FA security codes you get sent to you via Text Message. Google says with this latest update you’ll be able to copy the password directly from the message with a tap, then you can just paste it where it needs to go.
As per above, the Android Messages on Web feature will go live from today, with the other features starting to appear over the next week. You should ensure your Android Messages app is up to date to make sure you can access these new features as soon as they go live.
Are you looking forward to texting in your browser?