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Android SMS will soon work on PC

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Johnnie Parks | 11 February, 2018, 03:16

After conducting an APK teardown of the latest version of Android Messages, Android Police found snippets of code that suggest Google is developing a desktop version of the app.

Web Interface Message/SMS app will help Android user to pair their phones with a choice of web browser they want. It will allow users to send and receive SMS, MMS and even RCS (Rich Communication Services). This could prove to be a smart move on Google's part as other portions of the APK's code point towards the ability to send payments via text messages, probably using Google Pay.

As a watered-down version of the full app, expect Google Maps Go to offer basic functionalities like the ability to see your location, get directions to a place via auto, train, bus or by walking and allowing you to see your saved places.

"Just like Allo, you'll be able to see a list of signed in computers and disconnect from one or all of them at any time".

Interestingly, WhatsApp also has a similar feature in which users are able to pair their applications with their desktop browser and communicate through multiple devices.

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More significantly, RCS supports Skype-like video calls and audio messages, as well as private chats between two parties. Apparently, the setup procedure for Android Messages' web interface service is similar to that of Allo's.

This new feature of Android Messages is known as "Ditto" but we're expecting "Messages for web" will be its official name.

Or, Google may be creating a messaging app that can do the same as iMessage and WhatsApp and essentially replace SMS.

RCS will bring additional features, such as high res images, typing indicators, stickers, emojis and read receipts, to standard text messages. The company also seems to be gearing up to introduce iMessage-like features in Android Messages. Though the support for sending money to friends was rolled out for Google Wallet in November previous year, it was not convenient for business purposes.

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