Enlarge / Messages.android.com works now, however you will want the cellphone app to get the characteristic, too.

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Android’s default messaging consumer for 2018—”Messages”—is getting a Net consumer immediately. Google introduced the characteristic launch on the official Google weblog, which says “Messages for Net” will roll out to everybody over the following week. Android Messages began as a easy SMS app, however, with the Net consumer, it’s turning into Google’s ninth messaging service after (deep breath) Google Speak, Google Voice, Buzz, Google+ Messenger, Hangouts, Areas, Allo, and the Slack-like Hangouts Chat.

We first heard about Messages for Net two months in the past when it was introduced that Google messaging service #7—Google Allo—was going to be deserted after only a yr and a half after launch. With Allo lifeless, the group moved over to Android Messages to deal with beefing up the app with a few of the higher Allo options, like this Net interface. Since Android Messages is simply an SMS/RCS app, this meant Google would basically cede management of Android messaging to the cell carriers and quit on constructing an over-the-top messaging service.

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The web site for Android Messages, Messages.android.com, is out immediately, and if the corresponding server-side replace is reside in your cellphone app, you can faucet on the menu button in Messages and open “Messages for Net.” Similar to Google Allo, Android Messages bizarrely makes use of a QR-code based mostly login system as an alternative of your Google account, which comes with the foremost draw back of solely having the ability to log into one pc at a time. It is tied to your cellphone quantity, so that you’d higher hold ahold of these 10 digits for those who swap carriers. You can also’t use it in case your cellphone is lifeless, since you will not be capable to log in.

Like all of Google’s latest messaging efforts, the performance of Messages is far worse than Google Hangouts, the messaging system it is slowly presupposed to be changing. Google Hangouts already has Net help through Gmail.com and hangouts.google.com, and since Hangouts is tied solely to your Google account, you may be logged in to a number of units—telephones or computer systems—on the similar time. Since Android Messages solely has a Net consumer, there isn’t any simple solution to have a pc be linked 24/7, as is feasible with Hangouts’ always-on Chrome app.

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