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While Google might be excelling in its flagship offerings like
search, video, maps, etc., its messaging game plan remains a
mystery. Its plethora of apps for different purposes have
failed to gain an iMessage or WhatsApp-like popularity. This is
surprising as iMessage is one of the main reasons why many
people choose to stay inside Apple’s closed garden.
In a move that might bring a glint in the eyes of Android
enthusiasts, Google is reportedly planning to bring the ability
to send text messages from your computers. Soon, you’ll be able
to use Android Messages app on desktop Firefox, Chrome, and
other web browsers.
This has been revealed after some code digging done (or APK
teardown) by Android Police.
Some intriguing findings suggest features like sending messages
from PC, scanning QR code, connecting PC app to phone, multiple
browser support, etc.
What makes it more interesting is the possibility of advanced
features that are offered by RCS, including sending messages
over WiFi, read receipts, seeing real-time responses, etc. The
future update can also open gates to send payments via text
messages, request money, etc.
It’s worth mentioning that these expected features should be
taken with a grain of salt. APK teardowns are necessarily
speculative, and it could turn out to be wrong on some
occasions. In case the features mentioned above make it to the
public, we’ll let you know.