Android Messages for web goes live today

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Google has informed that the new feature is now rolling out and should be available globally by next week. The standard, adopted by numerous mobile operators worldwide, offers more feature parity with iMessage, thanks to its support for things like read receipts, typing indicators, high-res photo sharing, better group chat, and other features.

"On Messages for web, you can send stickers, emoji, and attach images in addition to sending text", Google Product Management Director Sanaz Ahari wrote in a blog post.

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If you have a modern Android phone with Google's default SMS and RCS app, you now finally have messaging continuity between your phone and your computer (s). Further, select Messages for Web. As for the other features, they'll be pushed out over the coming week, Google says. When this feature is live, the app will include an option to scan that code. You should ensure your Android Messages app is up to date to make sure you can access these new features as soon as they go live. At launch, it will support Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. It now comes with integrated GIF support so you can search and send GIFs in the Messages app. This means when you receive a message with a one-time password or code you can save time by copying that password directly from the message with a tap. This will show reply suggestions based on the context of your conversation.

Similar to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, you will be able to get a preview if you receive a link from your contacts. Google's system looks like it requires two taps - both the copy and the paste functions - but it's still a lot easier than before.

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