Would you like to send text messages to someone on your PC or Mac instead of using your phone? With Google's new messages for the Internet, you can now send and receive text messages on a desktop or laptop computer.
Google announced news for the Internet on June 1
As of June 25, Google Project Manager Justin Uberti says everyone should have access to the feature:
In order to use this feature, you need the latest version of the Android Messages app. You should be able to download here. Then do the following:
- Go to messages.android.com on your computer
- Then open the Android Messages app on your phone
- Tap in Messages More Options Menu (the one with three dots) and select News for Web
- Use your phone to Scan the QR Code on your computer
The ability to send and receive text on your Android phone and computer is long overdue. Apple's iMessages has been supporting this feature for a few years, but since you need an iPhone ($ 800 on Cricket Wireless) and Mac, not everyone could use this feature. Now that Android's messaging platform supports this, many more people can send text messages without their phones.
Google has also announced four other new features in news:
- Built-in GIF support so you can search and send GIFs in the news app
- Intelligent response that suggests text or emoji responses to incoming texts
- Preview links in conversations
- Simple copying and pasting of passwords and verification codes over texts
Originally published on 18 June.
Update, June 26: Android news for the Web should now be rolled out completely, according to Google's Project Leader.