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You may soon be using Android Messages on your Chromebook

10 June 2018

For now, of course, this is all just speculation; it does seem odd that Google would offer Chrome OS integration with a web client already on the way, but until more commits come out or something is officially announced, there's really nothing concrete as to how it will all work.

We've been waiting for Google to drop an iMessage killer for years now, and Android Messages is shaping up and potentially turning into that app. However, it is still unclear that which version of the Chrome OS will bring the feature. Since pairing takes place in the browser, integration of the browser and the Android Messages web client of some sort is a given.

The commit itself doesn't give any super specific information regarding what to expect here, but it clearly spells out a flag that will be added to Chrome OS to enable this Android Messages integration.

There are scores of apps out there that allow you to text from your web browser or desktop app. Google has already confirmed it's working on a web client for Android Messages, but it seems based on this commit that something deeper will be available for Chrome OS users.

Although members of the XDA Developers team spotted the integration by looking at commits in the open source Chromium Gerrit, even they don't know what the possible Chrome OS feature might be.

You may soon be using Android Messages on your Chromebook