Android Messages on the web is now live

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Android Messages is now getting an update that will equip the app with a QR code-scanning ability - to see if you have the feature, hit the hamburger button from the main screen and then look for "Messages for web". 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. The page says to use the latest version of the app, but the latest version doesn't let you scan the QR code.

In this support document, Google notes that Messages for web "sends SMS messages using a connection from your computer to your phone, so carrier fees will apply, just like on the mobile app".

Google is closing the gap between Android and iOS.

Google says it wants the service to work in all major browsers. However, this option section of the Messages app is not live yet, and the service will only become fully available when this happens.

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This last feature is also similar to a new addition coming to iMessage in iOS 12. You'll also be able to attach images. Supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

Google has also announced four other new features in the Messages app. If someone sends you a link in a chat - or if you send them a link - Messages will give an inline preview of that link's contents.

Google will be introducing Messages for web and this is one of the most wanted features. It doesn't provide any insight into how you might get the feature working, though.

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