Google Messages Web App Now Supports Direct Reply to RCS Chats

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Google Messages on the web has received a new update, allowing users to directly reply to RCS chats, similar to the functionality available on Android devices. While the web version of Google Messages does not see frequent updates, this recent addition brings a convenient feature to desktop users.

The previous update to Messages for the web included support for updated RCS read receipts and send status. Users were able to copy text, delete messages, and react with limited emoji options when hovering over an RCS chat on

However, Google has now introduced the capability to directly reply to RCS messages through the desktop web client, also known as Progressive Web App (PWA). When users reply to a message, the chat appears above the text field with a “Reply to message” hint, providing a user experience similar to the Android app. This feature was initially introduced in the Android app in October 2022 and has been highly requested by users of the Messages web app.

It is worth noting that direct replies are currently not available on Android tablets. The rectangular “Start chat” FAB (Floating Action Button) has been relocated from the top of the conversation list to the bottom-right corner of the column. Although the QR code-based client, particularly on Pixel Tablets, has received criticism, the absence of direct replies is surprising given the usual feature parity with

In a related development, Google has updated Messages for Wear OS with a fresh design for suggested replies. The new design utilizes thin outlines for the pill-shaped container instead of filled buttons. This change could be a precursor to upcoming design language modifications that might coincide with the release of Wear OS 4.

Google continues to enhance its messaging services across various platforms, bringing new features and improvements to offer users a seamless and consistent experience. The introduction of direct replies to RCS chats on the web is a notable addition that will enhance communication for desktop users.

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