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Google and Samsung expand team up to tackle RCS messaging on Android

Google and Samsung expand team up to tackle RCS messaging on Android

For the past couple of years, Google has been making a push for widespread adoption of Rich Communication Services, or RCS. Today, Google got one step closer to its goal, announcing an expanded partnership with Samsung that focuses on growing RCS adoption. The end goal, naturally, is to make RCS more prevalent on Android, and teaming up with the biggest Android manufacturer seems like a good way to do that.

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Android Messages app removes dark mode, returns to previous design

Android Messages app removes dark mode, returns to previous design

Android users who are fans of "dark mode" UIs, we have some bad news for you: only a day or so after being updated, Google's Android Messages app has been rolled back, removing the option for dark mode and returning all other design changes to the previous look. This goes for all users, who will now notice the app's stark, all-white look, regardless if they installed the latest update.

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Android Messages gets dark mode: here’s how to enable it

Android Messages gets dark mode: here’s how to enable it

A highly requested feature, dark mode, is now available in Android Messages. As with the new YouTube dark mode, Android Messages users can eliminate the bright white background, instead switching to a darker interface that is easier on the eyes over longer periods of time. The new mode is available in Android Messages version 3.5, which brings the same Material Design that recently arrived on Google Phone and Google Contacts.

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Instagram’s new status indicators are yet another thing to turn off

Instagram’s new status indicators are yet another thing to turn off

If it can't make you share more photos, Instagram instead plans to coax you into chatting, with a new feature underscoring the app's direct messaging. Although direct messaged have long been offered on Instagram, they're now getting status indicators which show whether someone is currently active.

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Reddit Chat live chat rooms arrive in beta for many subreddits

Reddit Chat live chat rooms arrive in beta for many subreddits

Reddit is bringing back an old-school form of Internet interaction with strangers: chat rooms. The company has been quietly working on its Chat platform, including offering it as a limited beta over the past year. Over these months, Reddit says that about 7,000 people have used the chat feature, paving the way for today's big news: the chat room beta is expanding to more subreddits.

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T-Mobile begins RCS Universal messaging support with Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

T-Mobile begins RCS Universal messaging support with Galaxy S7, S7 Edge

RCS is the next-generation text messaging standard that's designed to make traditional texting a bit more like dedicated messaging platforms, with features like multi-person chats and read receipts. Adoption of the Google-backed standard has been slow in the US, but it's making a big step forward with T-Mobile now rolling out RCS Universal Profiles to select Android users.

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WhatsApp lets admins set group chats to broadcast-only mode

WhatsApp lets admins set group chats to broadcast-only mode

Multi-platform messaging app WhatsApp has announced a new option that essentially allows group chat admins to create one-way broadcast channels, a feature seen on other social services like Telegram and Discord. On the surface it's a way for the Facebook-owned WhatsApp to give group admins more control, but it's also a big step towards letting users turn the app into a way of receiving announcements or breaking news.

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Snapchat Gaming could be Instagram’s next nightmare

Snapchat Gaming could be Instagram’s next nightmare

In the war against other messaging apps (specifically Instagram), Snapchat has recently seen weak user growth numbers. With Instagram rolling out its own versions of popular Snapchat features regularly, Snap is certainly under pressure to make its flagship app stand out. One way it might look to do that could be by launching a new gaming initiative later this year.

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Discord’s Games tab is a launcher, news feed, and friends list all in one

Discord’s Games tab is a launcher, news feed, and friends list all in one

Discord has rolled out a new update, and the biggest addition this time around is the new Games tab. In simple terms, this tab centers around the games that you and your friends play regularly, arranging everything in one hub that has a shortcut in your sidebar. Take a closer look, however, and you'll discover that the Games tab actually offers a lot in terms of features.

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Android Messages for Web: here’s how to set it up

Android Messages for Web: here’s how to set it up

Google’s messaging message is an utter mess but it hasn’t yet given up trying to get it right. After the failure of Google Allo, the tech giant has poured its resources into Android Messages, making it the be all and end all of Android-based messaging. At least for now. The latest piece in that puzzle is Messages for Web, pretty much the parallel of Allo for Web. If you want to be able to send and read your messages on any web browser, even while you’re phone lies a few feet away, follow these simple steps. But be warned, things aren’t as convenient as they sound.

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Android Messages for web goes live today

Android Messages for web goes live today

Android Messages for web is launching today, bringing the chat service another step closer to rivaling Apple's iMessage. Desktop support, Google says, is one of the most requested features for Messages, and as you'd expect from the company it has looked straight to the browser to deliver it.

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Installing Signal isn’t enough to make your chats secure

Installing Signal isn’t enough to make your chats secure

Encrypted messaging apps may have gained traction over the past few years, but even if you use Signal your conversations may not be as secure as you think. As the indictment of former Senate Intel panel security director James A. Wolfe this week shows, overlooking a few key settings can make your messages all too easily accessed.

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