Messaging

AT&T RCS now default for Android with Messages by Google

AT&T RCS now default for Android with Messages by Google

The North American mobile carrier AT&T revealed this week that they're working with Google to make Messages by Google the default messaging app for all AT&T Android devices in the USA. This should, hopefully, make the transition to an industry-wide adoption of Rich Communication Services (RCS) a reality at some point in the future. This is not the first time RCS has been available for AT&T users, but it is the first time AT&T's agreed to make RCS for Android a reality with Google's own Messages app - by default.

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Amazon buys Wickr, a secure messaging platform even the NSA likes

Amazon buys Wickr, a secure messaging platform even the NSA likes

Amazon has acquired Wickr, with the encrypted communications platform being rolled into AWS. Billing itself as "the world's most secure collaboration platform," Wickr offers not only text messaging but encrypted voice and video calling, along with file sharing, and has proved a popular option among both enterprise and government agencies, along with journalists and other users.

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Google Messages end-to-end encryption is now enabled for everyone

Google Messages end-to-end encryption is now enabled for everyone

Messaging has become so common among smartphone and Internet users that people often take it for granted that their conversations may not always be just between them. Unlike face-to-face or even telephone conversations, the chances of third parties, especially unauthorized actors, snooping in on private dialogue are so much higher in Internet-based messaging services. To fight such privacy intrusions, Google is finally flipping the switch for E2EE, short for end-to-end encryption, on its Messages platform. Provided you meet certain requirements, that is.

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Android Summer 2021 updates improve voice control and messaging

Android Summer 2021 updates improve voice control and messaging

Google has revealed a handful of new Android features hitting smartphones this summer, including the ability to star messages in chat, better voice control, and smarter emoji suggestions. The new features will also see Google tackle a potential summer disruption more broadly, with the Android Earthquake Alerts System set to roll out globally.

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Google Workspace and Chat open to all to help manage our hybrid lifestyles

Google Workspace and Chat open to all to help manage our hybrid lifestyles

Google Workspace is opening up to all users, expanding access to what until now has been the company's business and classroom hub. Launched last year, Google Workspace saw G Suite rebrand for a more integrated way to access services like Gmail, Docs, Drive, Chat, and Calendar. Now, as long as you have a Google account - even a free one - you'll be able to access Workspace too.

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Discord is down for many – it’s not just you

Discord is down for many – it’s not just you

If you're having problems with Discord at the moment, we've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is that it isn't just you having these issues, which means that it (probably) has nothing to do with your hardware. Of course, that means the problem is much more widespread, and at the moment, there aren't any details on when these issues might be fixed.

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Apple Messages “Shared with You” ties iOS ecosystem together even tighter

Apple Messages “Shared with You” ties iOS ecosystem together even tighter

Today Apple showed a bunch of new features coming to their Messages app and platform. With this new update, users will find deeper integration with other Apple apps, like Apple News, Music, and Photos. The new feature that drives these connections is called "Shared with You." With Shared with You, you'll find a new section of content in your Apple apps recounting all the items sent to you in Messages.

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WhatsApp confirms multi-device support, disappearing messages are on the way

WhatsApp confirms multi-device support, disappearing messages are on the way

It seems that several big, new features are on the way to WhatsApp. First and foremost, it looks like WhatsApp is nearly ready to move multi-device support into testing. While that's big enough news on its own, we're also learning today that WhatsApp will expand disappearing messages functionality in addition to launching a new feature called "View Once" that makes the existence of photos and videos very temporary.

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Facebook backtracks, won’t limit WhatsApp over privacy policy

Facebook backtracks, won’t limit WhatsApp over privacy policy

WhatsApp's new privacy policy rollout has been messy and confusing, and it doesn't look like that'll change any time soon. The new policy finally rolled out on May 15 -- after Facebook had said that while it wouldn't delete accounts that didn't accept the new policy, those accounts would eventually lose access to some features. Now, only a couple of weeks later, the company has changed its mind.

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Google Messages will finally let you pin and star messages

Google Messages will finally let you pin and star messages

Google has dozens upon dozens of apps and services and it's no surprise that some of these would duplicate each other. In fact, the company is notorious for having one too many messaging platforms and apps. In addition to the confusion and lack of long-term guarantees, it also means that Google often has to start over almost from scratch for every new feature. Take for example Google Messages which may finally get pinned and starred messages soon, years after other messaging platforms implemented those.

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Discord expands focus beyond gaming with fresh branding and new features

Discord expands focus beyond gaming with fresh branding and new features

Discord is a company that's been in the news a lot recently - first, we heard reports that Discord had multiple suitors looking to acquire it, including Microsoft for as much as $10 billion. While later reports told us that Discord had ended buyout talks, it wasn't long before the company was back in the news with official word of a new partnership with PlayStation. Today, Discord is back with a big brand refresh as it expands its focus beyond gamers and attempts to become an inclusive place for everyone.

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iMessage for Android could have happened as early as 2013

iMessage for Android could have happened as early as 2013

Despite expanding some of its services to other rival platforms like Android, Apple naturally still keeps some of those under lock and key. FaceTime and iMessage have long been regarded as examples of Apple's dominance and, to some extent, monopoly. That's precisely the play that Epic Games is making when it presented documents showing how Apple could have expanded iMessage's availability to Android but decided against it as a form of vendor lock-in.

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