Google is making a push to support Rich Communication Services (RCS), a more advanced communication protocol set to replace SMS. As part of that push, the search giant is finally bringing Android Messages to the web, allowing Android owners to easily communicate right from their computer.
Google said Messages for web will begin rolling out today and can be activated through the Messages mobile app. Once you turn the feature on, head to messages.android.com and then scan the code on your phone. The new feature will support everything from stickers to emoji.
The arrival of Messages for web bridges a key gap in Google’s fight against services like Apple’s iMessage, which recently brought its communication platform to the cloud for improved syncing. Google this year unveiled expanded plans to support RCS as it fights to release a truly killer messaging experience.
Google took a small step toward that goal when it launched Allo, which also supported web communication, but the service never caught on. As a result, Google has ceased all work on Allo as it focuses its efforts on Chat, a new project that will see Google implement RCS in Android Messages.
As part of today’s news, Google also announced a few other features coming to Android Messages, including the ability to search for GIFs, Smart Reply support, and preview links in conversations.
Android Messages for web is rolling out today and will be available for everyone over the coming days.