Newsletter: Android Messages Now On Desktop & YouTube's New Music Subscription Services

Newsletter: Android Messages Now On Desktop & YouTube’s New Music Subscription Services



Technology feeds on itself. Technology makes more technology possible. ~ALVIN TOFFLER



Google Announces Desktop Browser Support for Android Messages

What is the announcement?

Few months back Google announced, that it will be focusing on Android Messages to help carriers adopt Chat, a new messaging protocol based on RCS that will make texting easy. In this regard, Google has made an announcement and is now bringing web interface along with some new features to its Android Messages.

What Google has to say?

“Today and over the next week, we’ll begin rolling out Messages for web, one of our top-requested features that lets you send and receive texts from your computer. To get started, select “Messages for web” in the menu of your Messages mobile app. On Messages for web, you can send stickers, emoji, and attach images in addition to sending text.”

What are the new features introduced by Google?

The new features include, ability to send text from your computer (web interface), GIF searching option, Smart Replies, Preview for links and ability to copy and paste one-time codes.

Web Interface – Undoubtedly, this is the biggest announcement, Android Messages will now have web interface like WhatsApp and Allo. Users will get an option Messages for Web using which they can scan a QR Code and can then use Android Message on web. Besides, Google has added “Remember this computer” option.

message on web

GIF Search – At this point this feature isn’t available in the web version, but using this feature user can send and search GIF. GBoard users are already using it within the keyboard.

Smart Replies – AI-powered, canned responses that can be used to save time or to type a reply when not in a mood to do it manually. Smart Replies get better over time, and will also be available in your notifications.

Link Previews – With this feature, user get to see preview of the copied URL.

One-Time Password Copy – With this feature, user can easily copy link in received in notifications without leaving the apps he is authorizing. It comes in handy.

Drawbacks of the app (if any)?

Like iMessage the chat is not end-to-end encrypted.



YouTube rolls out its music streaming service to 12 extra markets.

What is YouTube Music?

As the name suggests it is a music streaming service launched on May 22, costing €9.99 monthly. The premium version includes: background listening, song downloads and music discovery features. Originally, YouTube Music was part of of YouTube Red now known as YouTube Premium (video and music streaming service)

youtube music premmium

What all markets are covered by YouTube Music?

Initially, the new services were focused on first world markets: U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea. But in an announcement made today 12 new markets are added: Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Norway, Ireland, Russia, Finland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

What YouTube Music has to offer?

New YouTube services include features like, dynamic custom recommendations; expansive search options (search by lyrics or generic description); and “thousands” of playlists across genre, mood and activity. Besides, individuals using YouTube Premium will also get access to all YouTube Originals shows and movies.

What company has to say about it?

Company says current members of YouTube Red and Google Play Music members (including family plans) in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico will automatically receive access to YouTube Premium at their current price.

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