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Google’s iMessage competitor just got a tiny bit better

The new feature in Android Messages app will let users send and receive text messages on their computers.

To start using Android Messages for the web, open the Android Messages app on your Android smartphone. So, it is best for Android Messages users to always check if the latest update for the app is available on their devices. It is going to roll out new features "Messages for Web" option and it allows the users to text from the web browsers. Major chat platforms like iMessage and Facebook Messenger, of course, have desktop versions, so it's a no-brainer that Google needed to add desktop support as well.

When you use the Google app to search for podcasts, you can launch directly into the Podcasts app (left) and it offers personalized recommendations (right). But messaging, of course, is a must-have - and users may be making picks among the various services that are hard if not impossible to shake.

At times when you can't type in full, the Messages app also gets Smart Reply feature. The feature supports all the formats such as text, images, stickers, and emojis. Smart Replies will be available in English for now, and come to more languages over time.

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RCS is a format set to replace SMS text messaging that that allows for more information to be transferred and will allow video calls to take place directly within the chat app rather than forcing users to download third-party software. Datally by Google was released by the search giant past year with an aim to save additional mobile data for the users. Now on the left hand side of the Android Messages compose bar is a + button that will open up a search for that ideal representation.

While the app is easy to use, it isn't exactly rich on features we've seen from previous podcasts app.

Local representatives for Google confirmed to Pickr this week that Australian support for the web messaging option will be rolled out, continuing over the next week. Now, when the Android mobile users will get a message with a one-time password or code from a secure site such as a bank, they can directly copy that password from the message with a tap. Depending on how many messages you send with pictures and other large files, it could be a deal-breaker in some situations.

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