In a bid to keep up with some other popular messaging platforms, Google appears to be on track to introduce texting from the desktop as part of their Android Messages platform. This would replicate a feature currently available in the Google Allo app and put Messages in a category with apps like iMessage, WhatsApp or even Facebook’s Messenger. Changes in an update to the Messages app that is currently rolling out indicate Google is planning to add some other features to enhance Messages as an instant messaging platform.
The code for the ability to use a web interface for the Android Messages platform was discovered in a teardown of the code for the version 2.9 update rolling out. Although the code is present, it has not yet been activated for users. All indications are that the feature will work much like Google does with Allo to get things setup. Users will be pointed to a web site on their computer and then scan a QR code to link the devices. The code also points to multiple devices being able to be linked to the service and all of them tying back to the initial phone running Android Messages.
In conjunction with the move to expand support for Android Messages to the desktop, Google also appears to be working on an improved implementation of RCS. RCS, or Rich Communication Services, gives end users the ability to do things like share higher resolution images than standard SMS texting or MMS allows, it can show typing indicators and supports read receipts. RCS is already present in Android Messages, but uptake has been slow because carriers are not jumping on support. To get around this, Google may be planning to take on some of the message delivery chores to avoid the carriers. This is indicated by code that says “chat features are powered by Google.” Google also added code to enable the use of a WiFi connection for texts as opposed to a wireless signal.
Another smaller, but not insignificant change included in the code is the ability to make payments to businesses. Google already added the ability to send money to other private individuals in an update last fall. The new code is clearly intended to support more traditional transactions as indicated by references to things like “Order summary”, “Payments Summary” and “CHECKOUT”.
If you are interested in getting the v2.9 update to Android Messages right away instead of waiting for the update to be available for your account, you can use the source link below to grab the APK. Since none of these new features are actually turned on and functioning at this time, there may not be any need to be in a rush to install.
source: Android Police