Google launches a dedicated podcast app exclusively for Android

Joshua Bennett
June 21, 2018

If you're an iPhone user who also has a Mac you can use the Messages app on your Mac itself, or if you use a Windows PC iPadian might be able to let you access iMessage. Google has finally started rolling out the Messages for Web.

Google is bringing Messages to the web so you can send and receive texts from your computer. Initially, Android Messages for Web will be rolled out for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Microsoft Edge with users being prompted with desktop notifications every time they receive a message.

The desktop version of the service allows users to send emoji, images, sticker and text. This is similar to WhatsApp web's login method. Moreover, Google Allo failed to make a bigger impact and this strategy is aimed at reviving their position in the field of messaging.

When you use the Google app to search for podcasts, you can launch directly into the Podcasts app (left) and it offers personalized recommendations (right). Bingo, you can now text!

The users need to scan the QR code on their phone to sync the Messages for the Web client. But messaging, of course, is a must-have - and users may be making picks among the various services that are hard if not impossible to shake.

Tap the More options menu.

As of writing, only the Android Messages website is live with the QR code scanner on mobile devices to follow soon.

Google is using Rich Communication Services (RCS) in the new client. All you have to do is click on the machine generated reply, and the app will automatically send it as your reply.

Last component expansion that the organization featured is the capacity to effectively copy the OTP (One-time-passwords) that you get while doing any saving money movement, Two-factor confirmation access or enrolling to one of the numerous apps that depend on OTPs to validate your record. When you're logging into a site or app that requires a one-time password sent over text message, iOS 12 will let you paste that into the necessary field with one tap.

On top of that, Google also allows you to express yourself with animated GIFs.

The app also includes all the usual features, such as downloads, subscriptions, and - interestingly - a donations button so you can buy your favorite creators a beer.

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