Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

Africanews Unveils App for Android on Google Play

Africanews Unveils App for Android on Google Play

According to Android Police, there's now unused code within the Android Messages app that indicates Google is preparing to release a web-based messaging tool, messaging over Wi-Fi, activity indicators (typing, delivered, read, etc.), and mobile payments. You head to the official website on any browser as it is created to support all major browsers on launch and scan the QR code in order to gain access. The feature appears to be partially implemented in the latest Android Messages 2.9 APK, but you can't yet send an actual text.

The name of the feature is "Messages for Web", multiple users are already excited about this new feature and a number of computers will be able to connect with this service easily.

According to AndroidPolice, this RCS helps messaging services to implement features which include texting through a data connection, seeing the messaging status (if somebody is typing) and read receipts, and sending photos, GIF sharing, location-sharing and other prominent sharing features.

This means that users who work on their computers can continue chatting with their friends or colleagues on mobile without having to constantly check their phone. The text in the string of code refers to multiple computers, which indicates there will be support to pair both a laptop and a desktop.

Google has a slew of messaging apps, Hangouts for corporate chats, Allo for consumer chat and the SMS for normal texting.

One of the trends we're seeing these days is how messenger apps on our mobile devices also have a desktop counterpart. It will allow users to send and receive SMS, MMS and even RCS (Rich Communication Services). "Text over Wi-Fi and data".

It's possible that nothing will actually come of the code, or that the feature will only be available with Google's own network carrier, Project Fi.

It is not yet certain when, if ever, Android Messages will be rolling out the new messaging feature.

It also hints at RCS capabilities and Google's RCS infrastructure.

Alphabet, Google's parent company, is an American multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

The updated version could make the messaging service a hub for purchases.

But in the lead up to the formation of Alphabet, stock prices surged to $699.62 on July 17, 2015 - an increase of 28.45%.

However, the company's so-called Other Bets saw revenues rise from $262 million (£183m) past year to $409 million (£286m) in the last quarter.

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