Google is integrating Android Messages with Chrome OS

We’ve been waiting for Google to drop an iMessage killer for years now, and Android Messages is shaping up and potentially turning into that app. A new commit for in Chromium’s source code hints at Google integrating Android Messages with Chrome OS, which could mean tons of different things.

Unfortunately, the commits don’t really clarify anything in terms of how the integration works. It could be something as simple as just getting notifications on your Chromebook when you get a text (assuming you’re using Android Messages) but it could also allow you to reply directly to those notifications and fire up conversations without ever touching your phone. There’s also the potential for better video chatting, sending files from your computer, and so on. And whatever this is, it’s distinctly different from Google’s original plan to bring Android Messages to desktop via a web browser.

This is in the very early stages so don’t expect any bleeding edge features to come out of it anytime soon. But it’s definitely something to keep an eye on, especially if you already own a Chromebook or might be buying one in the future.

source: XDA Developers

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Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.