Google is beginning to roll out desktop browser support for Android Messages, allowing people to use their PC for sending messages and viewing those that have been received on their Android smartphone. Google says the feature is starting to go out to users today and continuing for the rest of the week. Text, images, and stickers are all supported on the web version. To get started, the\u00a0Android Messages website\u00a0has you scan a QR code using the Android Messages mobile app, which creates a link between the two. That\u2019s very similar to how\u00a0the web client for Allo\u00a0\u2014 remember Allo? \u2014 worked. Unfortunately, that section of the Messages app isn\u2019t yet live. Hopefully it won\u2019t be long before it shows up and you can start chatting across platforms. This is one of the first significant steps in Google\u2019s\u00a0push towards Chat, which is the company\u2019s implementation of Rich Communication Services (RCS) inside Android Messages. If you\u2019re going to be a viable competitor to iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and other chat platforms, a desktop version is pretty critical. Allo was one swing at that goal, but Google is pausing all efforts and investment in that failed app and betting that Android Messages \u2014 the out-of-box default messaging app on many smartphones \u2014 represents its best chance at success. Many carriers have also pledged to back Chat and integrate the benefits (read receipts, typing indicators, full-resolution images and video, and improved group texts) offered by RCS. The big downside? None of this stuff is end-to-end encrypted. In today\u2019s blog post, Google also goes over numerous other recent improvements to Android Messenger including built-in GIF search, support for smart replies on more carriers, inline link previews, and\u00a0easy copy\/paste for two-factor\u00a0authentication messages. Correction June 18th 3:05PM ET: The article originally said that Wi-Fi must be enabled on your Android device for web messaging to work. That's not the case; Google recommends that if you're experiencing problems with the feature, you should toggle Wi-Fi \u201coff and on again.\u201d But it also works over cellular data.