Android Messages Would Now Allow You To Send Text Messages From Your Computer

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Google might finally be bringing its default messaging app on Android up to speed with Apple’s iMessage.
It looks like a future version of the app will include a web-based counterpart to the Android Messages app, according to code buried in the latest version of the Android Messages app that was unearthed by XDA Developers.
The code hints at a QR code-based system, that would allow Android users to link their phone and PC by scanning 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.
The search giant declined to comment, but it’s well-known the company has been trying to improve its default messaging app for some time. Last year, the company announced it was working with carriers and device makers to implement a new messaging standard knowns as Rich Communications Services or RCS.
RCS allows messaging apps to support the more enhanced features, like stickers and GIFs and location-sharing,that most users have come to expect from modern messaging apps. The vast majority of messaging apps already use this standard, but Android Messages has been stuck on the much older SMS protocol.
That’s a big part of why messaging on Android has been so fragmented. With the default texting app stuck in the stone ages, carriers and manufacturers have been bundling in their own variants, some of which aren’t much better than the default anyway. It’s also why Google has had a confusing array of its own messaging apps, with Allo and Hangouts, both of which support messaging from browsers.

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