Android Messaging for the Web is a Google platform that allows you to receive and send SMS messages through a browser on your computer. The novelty draws attention to having a visual and a series of functions very similar to those offered by the WhatsApp Web. However, a closer look shows that the tools present distinctions among each other, such as the technology used for content transmission, how protect its users, the design of groups, among others. Check below the main differences between programs and choose which you should use.
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1. Payment of SMS per message sent
WhatsApp Web uses only mobile data and Wi-Fi data for sending and receiving messages. On the other hand, Android Messaging for the Web, in addition to 4G / 3G or Wi-Fi, also consumes the SMS package of the telephony plan or collects value for each text / file. This is because the Google tool sends an SMS through a computer connection to the linked cell, through RCS technology, as if the user were exchanging content via cell. The communication standard is already available in Brazil for clients of Claro, Oi and Vivo operators.
On Android Messages user pays for each SMS sent
2. WhatsApp Web has status
The online messenger services feature layouts and similar functions, however the WhatsApp Web comes out ahead with its "Status". The feature, which resembles Instagram Stories and Facebook Stories, lets users check out short videos, photos, and text messages created by their contacts, which stay on the air for a 24-hour period. It is a tool that confers a social network footprint to the application.
Status feature also works on the web version of WhatsApp
3. WhatsApp Web allows you to upload multiple file types
Although the web version of Android Messaging facilitates the life of the user, including the sending of videos, images and music via MMS, the service is far from 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 file or made with the computer camera itself, as well as the telephone number of other contacts. The platform also allows the recording and transmission of audios, a function that is not offered by the Google tool.
WhatsApp Web offers more file options to send
4. Android Messages have stickers
WhatsApp Web users have the option to respond to messages in a fun way with emojis or animated GIFs. However, those who use Android Message for Web can choose, besides the emojis, for the stickers. In all, 160 animated themed stickers are available, which are received by the contacts in the form of MMS (acronym for Multimedia Messaging Service).
Android Messaging for the Web offers almost 200 stickers options
5. Different ways of creating groups
Both web applications allow you to create chat groups, however, this tool has slightly different functions in each of them. On Android, the resource is used to send the same message to several people, but responses to it are only received by the sender of the initial text - the participants in the group 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 in web version
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 is called Transmission and not group.
6. Ignore on Android Messaging is easier
If there is an inconvenient contact filling your unwanted message box, why not ignore it? Both platforms offer this feature, but on Google, it is well in sight: just touch the symbol of a bell, located at the top of the chat window. In WhatsApp, the feature is hidden among the options offered within the three-dot icon also on the screen of the conversation with the non-grata person .
Tinker lets you easily ignore contacts on Android Message
7. Anyone with Android can receive the messages
Android Messenger Web comes out ahead by allowing the sending of messages to all Android users, since the app already comes installed on smartphones with the platform. The manufacturer warns, however, that some features are only compatible with Android 6.0 and later versions. In WhatsApp Web, the conversation can only be done with people who also have the application.
Any Android device receives messages from the online version of the app
8. Encrypted messages in different ways
WhatsApp ensures that messages exchanged through your service are encrypted end-to-end. This means 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
RSC technology used by Android Web Messaging does not offer the encryption option, 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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