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We have been working to improve the messaging experience in Android over recent years. We are working to upgrade carrier RCS networks and build new features for mobile networks. Android Messages creates an intuitive messaging experience for mobile users that can easily share messages using Google AI. We have updated the messages app a little bit to show off the new group chat features.

Useful Features for Web Messaging

We are grateful for all the feedback you have sent us. We also get requests to create web messaging features, so today we are giving you some helpful features in Android Messages.

1) 1 Click Web Links

You can click on the links that appear while sending messages or while searching contacts. You can directly visit any site by clicking on it.

2) Searching with AutoFill

When you search for a contact on your phone, their names automatically appear if they are already stored. If not, typing will suggest matching contacts as well as possible sites and group chats to visit when you search for an address or name of a business. If you save your password in Chrome, Android Messages can automatically fill the password to complete it.

3) Stickers!

We have added new stickers to Android Messages, including a set of AI ​​stickers that will help you express your feelings better. Now install other sticker packs and enjoy them in Message apps for the web!

4) Photo selection interface changes

Android Messages is getting updates on how we select photos and media files when sending messages. It is now more intuitive and easier to use. Look for these updates soon in the default messaging app!

Upgrade your messaging experience with Geolance!

Android Messages is the perfect app for anyone who wants to upgrade their messaging experience. With our new features, you can easily share messages using Google AI.

You won’t find a better messaging experience on the market today. Our app has been updated with new features that will make your life easier. Upgrade now and see what you’ve been missing out on!

Data access controls on Messages for web

You can now manage your access to data on the website. You can also check some statistics about how you use the app, such as how many messages you send and receive or how many photos and videos you download. If you do not want to provide this information, you can set a blanket "no access" permission on all requests by adjusting your account permissions on Android and turning on guest mode (your data will be deleted after 30 days). You can adjust these settings in Settings > Account > Privacy on Android Messages for Web.

SSL/TLS encryption is now required when sending messages via web links ​​ When sending SMS / MMS links from different sites, they are encrypted with SSL/TLS by default, which means that your messages are safely delivered to the receiving party. If you would like to turn off SSL/TLS, make sure you are sending messages through the Messages for a website or Android Messages native client app.

Powerful features in RCS messaging

We recently announced a new universal standard called Rich Communication Services (RCS), which brings more powerful features to mobile Android users. It works with existing operators to bring enhanced messaging capabilities to the standard messaging experience on Android phones. The first wave of RCS enhancements will be available later this year. We hope to see many other popular chat messaging apps adopt the universal RCS standard so that all mobile users can benefit from these advanced features without needing separate app installations.

Limiting client message stream rates for Web

You can now configure supported limits for the number of messages sent to the web, just like you can choose limits for Android Messages. The default setting is set at 4 per second. If you want to adjust this setting, tap "Change message sending settings" under "General restrictions" in Settings > Account > Privacy on Android Messages for Web.

We are grateful for all the feedback we have received so far and continue to work with operators around the world to bring powerful features with universal interoperability between different operator networks and multiple operating systems. We hope you will enjoy these new features in Android Web Messages!

Last Value Caching

We are making the last value caching system ​​in Chrome Desktop to make it faster for you to load messages. Instead of refreshing the page, if your phone is still connected, the latest message will be displayed in Chrome Desktop. This means that when you open Message for Web on your computer next time, you can see all of your new messages.

If you do not want this feature, you can turn off Last Sync Time in Settings > Advanced > Notifications > Allow desktop notifications on Android Messages for Web.

Viewing images and videos sent within message threads

You can now view previews of photos and videos directly on Chrome Desktop by clicking or tapping them! If an image or video file has been downloaded to your phone, it will be opened in the Downloads app. If you don't have this app installed, it will be opened in Chrome Browser instead.

Integrating with Gmail

You can now use Android Messages to send and receive messages from the desktop! Once you connect your Gmail account on Android Messages for the web, you can view all of your messages, contacts, and message history across Android Messages and Gmail on the web via Chrome Browser. All messages sent to your phone number or Google Account will be displayed on both apps whenever you are signed in. Please note that your contact list is not shared between web/desktop and phone if they are managed by different Google Accounts. Likewise, when using two-factor authentication with separate accounts on Android devices and desktop/laptop browsers, new message notifications will only be received by the mobile number.

Client authentication token (message ID)

When you open Android Messages for the web, if your desktop computer is still connected to your phone via Bluetooth or USB cable, you can view the latest message with a token. When you restart your computer, the last token will be overwritten.

Android Messages for Web now supports real-time typing notifications! After enabling SMS Connect in Settings > Advanced > Notifications on Android Messages for Web, whenever someone sends an SMS / MMS message to your phone number, Chrome desktop will receive a notification in real-time when they type in their message. As soon as you start typing in the reply box, the other person's typing status will update instantly on their phone. This feature also works even when both Chrome Desktop and phones are offline.

If you receive a message when your computer is offline, your phone will receive it on the next opportunity. You can also turn off SMS Connect in Settings > Advanced > Notifications to disable real-time typing notifications.

Trying Google's experimental "Standby" mode for Android Messages for Web

Google is testing an experimental feature called Standby Mode that allows T mobile users to open Android Messages for Web with their Android smartphones being offline or out of reach while still being able to send and receive SMS messages. This new feature is available under "Settings" in Android Messages for Web.

The new Offline indicator indicates whether the mobile device has been disconnected from the desktop browser while using Android Messages for Web. As mentioned above, this only applies if both devices are using the same Google account.

Incoming video calls in Android Messages for Web will be shown in a separate notification on the Chrome desktop when the phone is not in reach. You can click or tap on this notification to accept the incoming call on your mobile device, and you'll see a brief animation while the audio switches from your computer to your phone automatically. However, if you wait too long without either picking up the call on your phone or pressing the "Turn down phone" button after accepting, then the "Making Call" option will turn red and the press may reject an incoming call.

If your phone gets disconnected during an ongoing video chat via Android Messages for Web, or it is turned off/disabled while you're still talking to someone, they'll see a notification on their phone that you've moved your call to your phone. You can then start a new video chat from there.

Solace Client APIs

You can now access Solace APIs from Android Messages for Web, enabling you to send messages and receive messages from your server. You'll need to update the Google Chat API with a new Solace transport.

Text, make calls & check voicemail

You can send and receive text messages, make voice calls to standard landlines and mobiles, as well as check your voicemail from the web browser.

Text message notifications on Chrome desktop will show you a summary of the new message(s) as they arrive on your phone as well as an image thumbnail (if available). You can click or tap on any notification to open Android Messages for Web and reply right away.

Message actions such as replying, forwarding & deleting sent/received messages sync between Android Messages for Web and Android app.

Video call via Jibe - The End-to-end Encryption option that is enabled by default works only if both participants are using Google's web client (Chrome Browser) with Android Messages for Web.

Change your microphone or speakers

You can quickly change your mic and speaker during a voice call. The "Mic" and "Speaker" icons will only be visible during an active call.

Do Not Disturb mode for incoming messages/calls

When enabled, the Do Not Disturb mode will mute all notifications from Android Messages for Web except when someone is trying to reach you via video chat or voice call.

Send and receive texts only when you are online

If you'd prefer to only receive texts when your computer is on, you can opt in to get all of your messages through the browser instead. You can still always send and receive texts directly from your phone.

Enable / Disable SMS Connect

You can turn off SMS connect at any time under Settings > Advanced > Notifications to disable real-time typing notifications for that particular session. Once turned off, the indicator will disappear from the Chrome desktop notification area until the next time you use Android Messages for Web with the same account. To turn it back on, simply click or tap on it when it appears in the notification area.

Clear notifications

To clear your notifications when connected via Android Messages for Web: Click/tap on the system tray (Windows) or the Mac menu bar notification area (macOS), then click/tap on "Clear All Notifications".

Android Messages for Web is now available starting with Google Chrome version 67.0.3396.87 on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems supported by your phone via Android v8.1 Oreo (Go Edition).

Known Issues

· The QR scanner doesn't work.

· You can't copy the text in scan mode using the mouse/trackpad yet, although you'll be able to soon once we refine it more based on user feedback! See this Chromium bug thread.

· You may not see incoming messages when syncing if you're offline & signed out of Android Messages for Web.

· The enhanced features on the web client are still in dev preview & experimental, i.e., SMS connect via Chrome doesn't work with all carriers just yet.

· Likewise, some users may experience issues while connecting to their car's Bluetooth system during a call if they're not using their mic (although we're working to fix this).

Choose how you use Messages for websites

You can always easily switch between using SMS or Messenger in Chrome's settings.

Messages for websites are only available when you're signed in to your Google account. Since it relies on the same underlying technology as Allo, you'll need to be running Android 8.0 Oreo (Go edition) or higher to receive messages via Chrome browser. To learn more about Chrome's messaging capabilities for businesses, check out this blog post.

For developers

If you're a developer interested in adding enhanced and advanced messaging features to your web app, take a look at our developer documentation. You can also learn more about how Messages for Web works by reading through our design document.

We've built Messages for the Web to make life simpler wherever you are. The web client is available for anyone with an Android smartphone (running 8.0+ Oreo, Go Edition), but we know connectivity can be spotty depending on where you are and what T mobile network you're using. That's why Messages for Web defaults to regular SMS when your connection is unreliable or unavailable. And if you want to make sure important messages get through no matter what, you can always use Messenger instead.

Now that this feature has been rolled out, it looks like Google is slowly trying to phase out Hangouts by adding more features into Allo and then moving them over into Android Messages. We'll keep our eyes peeled - any new information will be added ASAP!

Read transcripts of your voicemail

When you get a voicemail, look for the "Listen" or speaker button near the bottom of your phone's screen. If it says "read", tap it to hear your message read aloud by Google Assistant. It can take up to one minute for your transcript to finish reading after which you'll be able to playback the audio clip for reference.

Enable / Disable SMS Connect

You can turn off SMS connect at any time under Settings > Advanced > Notifications to disable real-time typing notifications for that particular session then click or tap on "Turn Off." The indicator will disappear from the Chrome desktop notification area until the next time you use Android Messages for Web.

To get back into said settings, you must first click or tap on the system tray (Windows) or menu bar notification area (Mac) then toggle "Show Notifications" so it says "Hide". Next, enter Settings > Advanced > Notifications and switch "Messages for web" to Enabled instead of Disabled.


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