Android Messages app update hints at future web integration and more

Android Messages app update hints at future web integration and more
Android Messages – Google's messaging app – has just received a new update. While there haven't been any noticeable changes, what awaits us in the near future could be interesting. After an app "dissection", performed by Android Police, it was found out we might be getting some awesome new features really, really soon. Keep in mind the following information is subject to change and has not been officially announced by Google.

The first new upcoming feature might be Messages' web integration. The app could become available to use on a PC through the browser, but you might have to pair up your cellphone and the computer first. To do that, you may need to visit a website on your PC, which could give you a QR code to scan with your smartphone. You'll most likely be able to use Messages as usual, but through the web interface. Google has already integrated its other messaging app, Allo, in a similar way, so we have an idea of the whole process already. Furthermore, there's a possibility you'll have the option to see all computers you've paired up with and possibly unpair with whichever at any point in time. 

A screenshot of Google Allo's web integration. Could we expect to see something similar for Messages?

A screenshot of Google Allo's web integration. Could we expect to see something similar for Messages?


RCS is described as the successor of SMS and MMS

RCS is described as the successor of SMS and MMS

Another expected addition is the integration of Rich Communication Services (RCS). It's a new messaging protocol, aimed at replacing SMS and MMS to allow for texting over data, high-definition photo sending and more. This one is interesting because it's supposed to be a carrier-provided feature, and we are not sure what part could Google play in the grand scheme.

Last but not least, we will probably be witnessing the introduction of payments made through Google Messages. In November, Google added а similar feature, allowing you to send money through the Wallet app, but the Messages payments seem to be catered towards buying stuff rather than sending money to your friends. 

The new update is currently being rolled out to users worldwide, but in case you're impatient and you want to update Messages right now, you may download it manually here (Android only)

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9 Comments

1. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

iMessage is on whole different level.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

So is Skype... I absolutely love the way it's been integrated in Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. It's very convenient that you can reply to your texts from the computer, just like iMessage. And what else, iMessage has around 80M users while Skype has over 300M. If only Skype was a bit more secure... It lacks end-to-end encryption which is the bread and butter of iMessage and What'sApp. Still a very robust solution. And I like the fact that Skype has now more emphasis on texting. Oh well, G'Day!

3. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

I think you've made some mistake, iMessage has over 500 million users. Skype and Facebook messenger both support SMSes but comparing them to a native texting app isn't fair.

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1156; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I agree and the problem is more than likely due to oems using their own messenger apps instead of Google's.Google needs to unify Hangouts, duo, and Android messages into one nice app.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Hangouts has been depreciated for consumers, now its for business Duo should remain seperate, like how iMessage and FaceTime are seperate But Google do need to unify Android Message, Allo and Google Voice If the app supports Universal Profile & RCS it shouldn't matter AFAIK with Universal Profile someone with Android messages can send RCS to someone with another Universal Profile apps like Samsung's

6. franzfifty

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

the past has shown that Google is good at a lot of things, but messaging apps is NOT part of that! We're still talking about features in a messaging app of Google after all these years? If this was a priority, Google would have done something 5 years ago. Now it's definitely too late for whatever feature or tool they are implementing in any messaging app. People are too tied in in other apps they are used to for years. Even if RCS, sms payment, webinterface etc will be here, don't you honestly think or see that these are already available? RCS? as if other messengers wouldn't be able to send media files already. People buy a phone and the first thing they do is install whatsapp and facebook. they do NOT really care if there's an Android Messages app. I am using Android Messages, but i'm sending SMS. For everything else i use Telegram and Wire/Threema as a backup. That's what i do, others use whatsapp, facebook, messenger, snapchat etc, what makes Google think "Android Messages" would be a better solution for whatever feature they implement.

7. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

I agree, Google needs to take charge of this, like Apple did for iMessage!

8. MKeditor

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I'm not interested in a messaging system tied to the OS. imessage is lame because it only works properly on one brand of phone. I'll stick to Whatsapp.

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