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WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger unification is Zuckerberg’s new obsession

WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger unification is Zuckerberg’s new obsession

Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram messaging will be joined together, as the social network pulls together the various apps and services it owns. The shift will present a considerable architectural challenge for Facebook engineers, though the expectation is that - at least initially - end-users won't necessarily see any difference.

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Hangouts for G Suite shutting down in October, consumer to follow

Hangouts for G Suite shutting down in October, consumer to follow

Hangouts is dead! Long live Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet! Google has never really had a long-lasting and unified messaging solution so it was no surprise when it announced that Hangouts would be retired in favor of two apps that provided functionality previously found in a single service. There’s no need to panic yet, though, because it’s going to take a while for that to happen. Meanwhile, Google is urging G Suite admins to slowly take the steps to transition their users to the two new apps.

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WhatsApp limits message forwarding to combat false information

WhatsApp limits message forwarding to combat false information

WhatsApp is once again making changes to message forwarding. Beginning today, WhatsApp users will only be able to forward messages to five users at a time, down from the previous limit of 20. The goal, WhatsApp explains, is to curb the spread of misinformation and rumors on the service, which has been the cause of a lot of safety concerns.

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Google Fi pushing RCS next-gen SMS to compatible phones

Google Fi pushing RCS next-gen SMS to compatible phones

SMS is one of those technologies that just won’t easily die despite how outdated it has become in an age of instant messaging and apps. Rather than kill it off completely, some are instead trying to build rich new features on top of it. That’s what RCS, short for Rich Communication Services, practically is and, starting today, one of its biggest proponents is finally adopting it on its own network. Yes, Google is finally pushing RCS to Google Fi, provided you have a compatible Android phone.

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Android debuts Google’s new Spam Protection in Messages feature

Android debuts Google’s new Spam Protection in Messages feature

It used to be that spam was something we only really dealt with in our email, but these days it annoys us in the form of phone calls and text messages as well. Thankfully Android has introduced several features to combat this, and Google seems to be rolling out it latest feature for preventing spam in its Messages app.

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Instagram rolls out direct short voice messaging option for all users

Instagram rolls out direct short voice messaging option for all users

Instagram is rolling out voice messaging support to all users across the globe, the company has confirmed. With the new feature, which was first tipped earlier this year, users are able to easily send brief voice messages to another user privately, a feature already available on Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

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Google Allo is officially dead: here’s how to save your conversations

Google Allo is officially dead: here’s how to save your conversations

Google Allo, the smart messaging app Google launched in 2016, is officially dead. A leak claiming as much surfaced earlier today, and now Google has confirmed the news, this following its "pause" on investment revealed earlier this year. According to Google, rather than resuming work on Allo, it will shutter the project and focus its efforts on Messages.

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Google Allo may not be around much longer

Google Allo may not be around much longer

Those of you who use Google Allo regularly might want to buckle in, because it might not be around much longer. Though it feels like Google Allo just launched - it's only been around since late 2016, after all - Google may already be looking to move away from it. So say new rumors, at any rate, which don't paint a very pretty picture for the state of Allo's development.

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Hangouts Chat, Meet to be available to all before Hangouts death [UPDATE]

Hangouts Chat, Meet to be available to all before Hangouts death [UPDATE]

Hangouts is dead. Long live Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet! Google has always had a rather “colorful” history when it came to messaging apps and services and there are no signs it’s going to be anything less soon. Rumor has it that Hangouts, as most consumers know it, will be retired in two years. But not before it’s replaced by not one but two Hangouts, merging what was split into two back into one.

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Google Hangouts shutdown plans start messaging controversy

Google Hangouts shutdown plans start messaging controversy

Google is preparing to shut down Hangouts for consumers, though there's controversy over when that will happen and what alternative existing users will be migrated to. The chat app was launched back in 2013, itself a replacement to three different messaging products which Google had been operating.

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Verizon confirms RCS texting support in early 2019

Verizon confirms RCS texting support in early 2019

This year saw the US finally start to make small steps towards adopting RCS messaging, the next-generation texting standard that's designed to replace SMS with the advanced features we see in dedicated messaging apps, including read receipts, group chats, and better compatibility between different carriers, especially on Android. Now it's looking like 2019 might be the year we start to see major progress from carriers, as Verizon has revealed it will officially start supporting RCS early next year.

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Facebook Messenger unsend feature starts rolling out to some users

Facebook Messenger unsend feature starts rolling out to some users

Facebook's anticipated Messenger "unsend" feature is finally rolling out to users. The feature was promised seven months ago following a report revealing that Facebook had quietly removed some private messages sent by Mark Zuckerberg. The company was quiet about the project until recently; screenshots of the "unsend" option surfaced a few weeks back followed by an update preview last week.

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