Android Messaging for Web is a Google platform that allows you to receive and send SMS messages through a browser on your computer. The novelty draws attention because it has a look and a series of functions very similar to those offered by WhatsApp Web. However, a closer look shows that the tools have differences between them, such as the technology used for the transmission of content, the way protect their users, the conception of groups, among others. Check out the main differences between the programs below and choose which one you should use.
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Android Message lets you send SMS from your computer Photo: Nicolly Vimercate / dnetc
1. Payment of SMS by message sent
WhatsApp Web uses only data from the mobile network and Wi-Fi to send and receive messages. Android Messaging for the Web, in addition to 4G / 3G or Wi-Fi, also consumes the SMS plan of the telephony plan or charges the amount for each text / file. This is because the Google tool sends an SMS through a computer connection to the linked cell phone, using RCS technology, as if the user were exchanging content via cell phone. The communication standard is already available in Brazil for customers of the operators Claro, Oi and Vivo.
On Android Messages user pays for each SMS sent Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
2. WhatsApp Web has status
The messengers' online services feature similar layouts and functions, however WhatsApp Web takes the lead with its Status. The feature, which resembles Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories, allows users to check short videos, photos and text messages created by their contacts, which are on the air for a period of 24 hours. It is a tool that gives a social network footprint to the application.
Status feature also works on the web version of WhatsApp Photo: Joo Gabriel Balbi / dnetc
3. WhatsApp Web allows you to send various types of files
Although the web version of Android Messages makes life easier for the user, even allowing the sending of videos, images and music via MMS, the service is far behind the rival. WhatsApp Web guarantees the exchange of a greater variety of contents, such as documents (for example, .doc, .txt, .xls, among others), photos and videos from the archive or made with the computer's own camera, in addition to the telephone number other contacts. The platform also allows the recording and transmission of audio, a function that is not offered by the Google tool.
WhatsApp Web offers more file options to send Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
4. Android Messaging has stickers
WhatsApp Web users have the option of responding to messages in a fun way with emojis or animated GIFs. However, those who use Android Message for Web can opt, in addition to emojis, for stickers. Altogether, 160 animated themed stickers are available, which are received by contacts in the form of MMS (acronym for Multimedia Messaging Service or Multimedia Message Service, in free translation).
Android Messaging for Web offers almost 200 sticker options Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
5. Different ways of creating groups
The two web applications allow you to create chat groups, however, this tool has slightly different functions in each one. On Android, the resource is for the same message to be sent to several people, but responses to it are only received by the originator of the initial text – the group participants do not interact with each other. Unlike WhatsApp Web, all members of a group are able to send, receive and view each other's responses.
Android group Message on the web version Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
The possibility of assigning the same content to different people and receiving individual responses exists only in the mobile version of WhatsApp and the function called Transmission and not group.
6. Ignore Android Messages Easier
If there is an inconvenient contact filling your inbox, why not ignore it? Both platforms offer this feature, but at Google, it is well seen by everyone: just touch the bell symbol, located at the top of the chat window. On WhatsApp, the feature is hidden among the options offered within the three-dot icon also on the screen of the conversation with non-grata persona.
Tinker allows you to ignore contacts easily on Android Message Photo: Reproduo / Taysa Coelho
7. Anyone with Android can receive messages
Android Messenger Web takes the lead by allowing messages to be sent to all Android users, since the app is already installed on smartphones with the platform. The manufacturer warns, however, that some functions are only compatible with Android 6.0 and later versions. In WhatsApp Web, the conversation can only be made with people who also have the application.
Any Android device receives messages from the online version of the app Photo: Luciana Maline / dnetc
8. Messages encrypted in different ways
WhatsApp ensures that messages exchanged through its service are encrypted from end to end. This means the texts and files are sent in the form of a code and can only be read and viewed by those who send and receive them.
WhatsApp offers end-to-end encryption Photo: Photo: Luciana Maline / dnetc
The RSC technology used by Android Web Messaging no longer offers the option of encryption, but Google ensures that the latest conversations, contacts and other settings are encrypted and cached in the browser. After 14 days of inactivity, the account is automatically disconnected for security reasons, requiring a new login via QR code.
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