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The update will allow Android smartphone owners to send and receive text messages straight from their laptops or desktops.

Messages for Web is starting to roll out from today, though you might have to wait a while before you can actually access it.

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Android Messages for web is launching today, bringing the chat service another step closer to rivaling Apple's iMessage. The web client's functioning is quite similar to that of WhatsApp web.

On your phone, open Android Messages.

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Very soon, you will be able to send SMSes straight from your desktop browser. To get started, users will need to head over to "messages.android.com" which will generate a QR code, that will be scanned through your phone's Android Messages app upon tapping on the "Messages for Web" overhead menu. Android Messages also gets Smart Reply which suggests quick texts or emoji responses.

You can see what's trending, but there's no option to create playlists; closed captions are on the cards at some point in the future. Then visit the Android Messages website, which should display a huge QR code. Technically known as Rich Communication Services (RCS), Google's engineers began working on the service since February this year. However, this option section of the Messages app is not live yet, and the service will only become fully available when this happens.

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Google intends to have more than 2 million podcasts available on the app, which is only for Android, at launch. If you Tap the + button on the left hand side of your text box in a conversation, you'll be able to search through a new GIF library and select one to send. Users can also send emojis, and Stickers, features that were missing on the standard SMS platform. You'll also receive proactive suggestions for material relating to a given episode if you want to learn more about that topic. These AI features include the ability to read along with a podcast via automatic transcription, and the ability to read what's coming up next in the episode if you're looking to save some time.

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