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Google explores texting from your browser

10 February 2018

No, the green bubbles (sadly) won't be going away, but Android users may soon have a way to exchange messages via their web browsers.

It is not yet certain when, if ever, Android Messages will be rolling out the new messaging feature.

According to Android Police, there's now unused code within the Android Messages app that indicates Google is preparing to release a web-based messaging tool, messaging over Wi-Fi, activity indicators (typing, delivered, read, etc.), and mobile payments.

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The APK also hints at the ability to send and receive payments, likely via Google Pay, potentially opening that service up to many more users. An APK teardown reveals that Google could be working on a web interface that will allow Android users to pair their smartphones with their computer for easier texting right on their computer. The feature, codenamed "Ditto", has been spotted by Android Police in the code for the latest version of Android Messages. Code within the app talks about enabling an upgraded chat experience that is "powered by Google", where you can send messages over WiFi, see when friends are typing, and share high-quality messages. Code to support more than one browser session is also present.

Google Allo, Hangouts, Voice, and Android Messages are just a few of the messaging apps and services. It will allow users to send and receive SMS, MMS and even RCS (Rich Communication Services). "As a minor implementation note, there will be a new notification channel and a "Connected to desktop" notification when the pairings are made", the report reads.

However, it would be advantageous for Android to introduce such a feature given the operating system's worldwide dominance.

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Google explores texting from your browser