Google has in the past three years, released a plethora of messaging apps. You would have to be (not a Google fan) a Google junkie to install all these apps (Allo, Hangout, Android Messages, Duo, Gchat…the list goes on and on. The sad thing is that there is a lot of duplication across all these apps; it would make more sense if Google collapsed them into a single app.
Google for all its greatness all these years, has never been able to achieve simple yet very useful features in all its messaging apps. The ability to handle all your messages across all platform, the way Apple has designed iMessage to do across iOS and macOS devices.
Well, Google is going to copy that feature from iMessage and paste it on its Android Messages app; you could soon have desktop SMS messaging right off your computer. Though the most recent Android Messages update does not come with much in terms of new features. However, it does have some new codes that signify this update is paving the way for more interesting features in the near future.
Geeks from the Android Police dissected the latest Android Messages and confirmed the app contains new sets of codes that indicate Google is prepping to launch a browser-based version of the app. That means, from the convenience of your laptop or desktop computer, you can read and reply to your SMS. However, it will need your phone to have internet connection for the feature to work.
Google first adopted this feature to its other messaging app, Allo. The app, which tries to mimic Facebook WhatsApp also comes with a web-based client; though Allo is not for sending SMS messages, and you need your contact(s) to be on Allo too to start sending each other messages.
Back to Android Messages, there is no information (yet) if or when Google will roll out the feature. It is now a wait-and-see type of thing from here going forward. But we do know it will support most of the mainstream browsers; Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge, Opera, and even the old Internet Explorer (do people still use that?) You will also be able to use it across multiple computers; your computer at work, at home, living room, and bedroom.