With Apple’s outstanding integration of its phone services, iPad tablets, and MacBook laptop devices, other applications have also felt the need to create web based or computer-based clients that allow continuum in their phone services as well. Whatsapp has Whatsapp Web and now Android’s built-in messaging application, Android Messages, is expected to release Chrome OS support to allow one’s SMS conversations to continue on in the PC realm. While the particularities of these upgrades are unclear, these details emerge from users who have opted in to test beta developments for Android and it seems that this is one currently in testing for Google’s Chromebook.
In addition to the Chrome OS integration, and before it in fact, Android Messages has already released a dark theme for its application. This concept was first hinted in the Android Messages version 3.2 and we can now see it in effect in the Android Messages version 3.4 application. The dark theme turns text white and the base palette black. In this, users have reported some inconsistencies such as the side menus remaining light in theme and some buttons and features remaining in the light theme as well. As Android rolls out its next update, we expect this to be fixed so that the entire application immerses itself into the dark theme. The dark theme is optional; users can choose to turn it off at any time.
Just like with Apple’s messages and iMessage that allow users to send and receive SMS, MMS, and iMessages, Android is working on providing this support for its Chrome OS devices so that this facility is built in to its Chromebook devices as opposed to being a third party client. Android has long established a “Better Together” program that is working on integrating all google services under one umbrella so that all Google and Android devices are able to perform alike and remain in sync at all times. The latest addition to this is the feature “SMS Connect” which entails the integration of Android Messages. Even though Android Messages remains Google’s primary messaging application, other platforms such as Allo are getting the same upgrades simultaneously so we can suspect that they may be candidates for the built-in support as well although not likely as Android Messages remains the operating system’s official messaging app. A web-based version of Android Messages has been around for a while. It can be accessed by going to the messenger’s website on a laptop and scanning the corresponding QR code with an Android device just as is done with WhatsApp. The next step is to integrate it into the operating system itself for a fluid communication service.