In a blow to brand Android, Google is planning to shift its Messages web app — which allows users to manage SMS/MMS messages on their phone from another device, a media report said.

The Android Messages web app has long been hosted at the URL (Uniform Resource Locator) of “messages.android.com”.

But in the coming weeks, the service could be shifted to “messages.google.com”, the report said, citing an upcoming change to Chrome OS.

The move is seen as the company’s plan to minimise the use of the word “Android”, 9to5google.com reported on Wednesday.

It is not yet clear when the change will come into effect, but the tech giant may temporarily use both the URLs to make the transition to the new one smoother.