You must’ve heard about Google’s grand plans to create a new text messaging app called “Chat” for Android. If yes, you must’ve also noticed that a web client is also planned as part of the new app. You might have noticed the news about SMS integration with Chrome OS. Now there is the mention of “Android Messages Integration” with Chrome OS.
The code was spotted by XDA. The title of the code change request says:
Add a feature flag for CrOS Android Messages integration.
The flag description says:
“Enables Chrome OS integration with Android messages.”
We do not have many details about what this “integration” is all about. Considering the news about eSIM support for Chrome OS, this could be Chrome OS getting ready to use the SIM card for regular text messages with a native app, instead of using the Android Messages Android app.
That’s just speculation. For now, we will have to wait for more details before we can make conclusions. We might see this flag in Chrome OS in one of the upcoming updates. However, things like this will not work until they flip the switch on the server. So, we might end up waiting forever, before we actually see this working, just like we have SMS Connect enabled now.