Google follows WhatsApp; introduces Android web messenger service with two additional features

Google has finally launched a native Podcasts app for Android

Google follows WhatsApp; introduces Android web messenger service with two additional features

While Chat is not a standalone app, it is a new set of tools within the Android Messages app already installed on handsets. That means if you don't have the updated Messages app today, you might within the next week. Google likewise enables clients to check the preview to the connections that you or your contact list is sharing inside "Messages" app so you don't have to leave the app to check what site or the substance of the connection is.

In order to use the Android Messages on the web, a user will first need to visit the official website similar to what a user needs to do with Allo or WhatsApp. Afterward, scan the QR code to pair the web client and app together.

Google today announced the Google Podcasts app for Android, which is available now in the Play Store.

GOOGLE HAS taken a step closer to finally having a converged messaging service, as it rolls out a web interface for Android Messages. Now, you can tap the + button on the left hand side of the compose bar to search for GIFs for your conversation.

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Google is aiming to provide a chat like experience on Messages app. Google's AI will also tie-in offering recommendations from this library of podcasts based on your listening habits. Smart Reply uses machine learning to craft possible responses to your messages. This is indeed helpful especially when someone is messaging on the go. Google says Smart Replies will be available in English initially, but with other languages following on over time. To make use of the feature, users simply need to type the name of the GIF and click on the GIF icon.

The most important addition to Android Messages is the copy/paste feature. Lastly, Android Messages gets a much-anticipated feature which is the ability to copy One Time Passwords (OTP) with a single tap upon receiving a message on Android. Technically known as Rich Communication Services (RCS), Google's engineers began working on the service since February this year.

Arguably, messengers are also only now getting the importance and investment from big companies that they deserve, as those companies realize that people's time spent on and attitude toward social media is likely to ebb and flow. This may reflect the changing consumer expectations from a conversation platform.

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