For a year and a half now, Google’s semi-official strategy for messaging apps has been a three-legged stool: Allo for consumer chat, Hangouts for corporate chat, and good ol’ SMS for texting (with RCS in the future). None of those strategies were ever really going to challenge the players who are leading the messaging app space: WhatsApp, iMessage, Facebook Messenger. Google Android Messages May Let You Send Text Message From Web.
It’s possible, however, that the last leg of that messaging stool is about to get a lot more interesting. XDA Developers just dug into the code for the very latest version of Android Messages, the app Google makes for SMS. And inside it are references to two very intriguing features.
The first is pretty straightforward and, one hopes, easy to implement: you may be able to easily send text messages from your computer soon. Just as you can with Allo and WhatsApp, it appears as though you’ll be able to go to a webpage, scan a QR code, and have it get connected up to your phone as an easier way to send texts. XDA Developers found code that indicates multiple browsers will be supported and, in fact, multiple computers may also be supported.
Whats is RCS?
Rich Communication Services or RCS is a communication protocol between mobile-telephone carriers and between phone and carrier, aiming at replacing SMS messages with a text-message system that is more rich, provide phonebook polling and transmit in-call multimedia.
RCS allows messaging apps to support the more “enhanced” features, like stickers and GIFs and location-sharing, that most users have come to expect from modern messaging apps. The vast majority of messaging apps already use this standard, but Android Messages has been stuck on the much older SMS protocol
Google has had a confusing array of its own messaging apps, with Allo and Hangouts, both of which support messaging from browsers.So it would make a lot of sense for Google to finally be implementing a browser-based version of Android Messages. It not only brings its app up to date with everyone else, it makes the whole experience a lot less painful.