The Google Messages application for Android now allows users to send/receive messages on desktops without using a third-party software. This feature was introduced to the GM app last week.
Does your phone/tablet support this feature? Although the latest edition of the app supports older versions of Android OS, the “Messages for Web” feature is exclusive to mobile devices powered by the Android 5, 5.1, 6, 7 and 8 operating systems. To know whether your device supports this feature or not, run the AM app and tap its menu icon. If the “Messages for Web” feature is absent from the menu list, you can’t use this feature.
Is the new feature of the Android Messages app as good as WhatsApp Web? Let’s find it out!
The design and functionality of the MFW feature of the Android Messages app is similar to that of WhatsApp. As in WW, users must scan the QR code displayed on the computer’s screen with the app. Once they do so, users will be signed into the application’s official website.
The website’s interface has two sections. On the left side, you’ll find a list of drafts and sent messages. The content of the selected message will appear on the right side of the screen. The app syncs contacts/messages automatically you pair the phone or tablet with the computer.
The application/website lets users insert emojis and stickers in the messages. It provides 30+ stickers and 100s of smileys. It supports group texting.
The app lets users share video attachments (MMS) and location with other users. It enables you to mute conversations. It supports two types of notifications – Persistent and Silence. You are allowed to disable these 2 notifications.
The application offers “smart reply” feature that analyzes the words you enter in the app’s text field and displays a previously sent message below the text box. You can edit this message and send it to a phonebook contact.
The app allows users to copy the OTP sent by the banks and companies with a single click. It also enables you to find SMSes containing a specific word. It provides an option to archive messages.
Messages for Web supports two color themes – light and dark. It provides “Remember this computer” toggle option. If set the option to ON, the app will not ask you to scan QR code next time you open the application in the browser of your PC.
Users can use the “Messages for Web” feature on two or more PCs at a time. To manage the connected devices, tap the “Connected to Messages” notification on the phone. You’ll now see a list that boasts the operating system, browser, and login time. To the right of the list item, you’ll find a cross icon. Tap the cross icon to sign out from the PC.
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Clean UI: The app’s interface is clean. Hence, it is easy to use.
Fast: The website recognizes the user’s mobile device quickly. It also syncs messages and contacts within few seconds.
Texting is not free: AM is not an instant messaging app. If you have not enabled the unlimited SMS pack on your mobile device, the carrier might charge you for sending texts.
Only image and video attachments are supported: As in WhatsApp, Telegram, you cannot share PDF, ZIP or document files with your contacts in the Google AM application.
If the above two limitations are removed, Android Messages will become a great alternative to WhatsApp.