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Considering the amount of people using Google's operating system, Android Messages on the web could very well be Google's way of giving Apple's iMessage a run for the money.

Google Podcasts is available starting today for free from the Play Store. In April, Google's plans for turning Android Messages into something of an iMessage competitor were revealed.

Google, in general, is working to make the Android messaging experience a little better, which makes sense. Adopting features from Allo, the latest update to Android Messages includes the ability for users to search for GIF's, send smart replies, previews for links apart from sending text messages directly from their computer. This is similar to WhatsApp web's login method. The firm is also promising smarter recommendations based on your listening habits.

Beyond that, Google Podcasts has been integrated into the Google Assistant, meaning rather than the usual device syncing you might find in other apps, Google thinks just asking the Assistant is enough. Apart from normal text, you can also send stickers, emoji and attachments. However, this option section of the Messages app is not live yet, and the service will only become fully available when this happens. The web client will generate a unique QR code which should be scanned by the mobile app in order to work.


Google announced previous year it is working with the mobile industry to bring SMS into the modern day, through a universal standard called RCS (Rich Communications Services). But if you'd like to learn more about how Android Messages work on desktop, keep reading. Messages will also now let you preview links before you open them up. All you have to do is click on the machine generated reply, and the app will automatically send it as your reply.

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

When you're sent a one-time-password or security code by a website/organization, you can copy that code directly from the notification of the message.

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