Android Messages for web is officially rolling out to all users

Android Messages web interface is starting to roll out, but the app needs an update

To get started, you'll simply have to browse over to Google's site for the service and follow the instructions to get your phone ready, and text away. Though Google says in their announcement post that the service will be rolled out from "Today and over the next week". It also makes Android Messages compete with apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, both of which are chat apps with desktop versions.

Google says to expect Android Messages for web to go live "over the next week", which really just means a slow rollout of an update that enables it, as well as a server-side switch for you to have access.

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Working in a similar fashion to the web version of its own Allo messaging service, users can now visit the Android Messages website to generate a unique QR code which will eventually be linked to the Messages app on their handset. Further, select Messages for Web. When this feature is live, the app will include an option to scan that code.

Meanwhile, Google mentions in a support page, "Your latest conversation threads, contacts, and other settings will be encrypted and cached on your browser". You'll also be able to attach images. At launch, it will support Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. It has a Smart reply feature that suggests text or emoji responses to incoming texts. Also, Google has made it easier to copy and paste passwords and verification codes that are sent via texts. If you work on a desktop or laptop computer a lot, you can soon send and receive messages without looking at your phone.

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